The word, Stalinism, originally used by the anti-Stalinist left to describe the particular ideology and form of rule used by Stalin and the Communist Parties, from the time of the ascendancy of Stalin himself in the USSR, has entered everyday usage. Ideologically, it is associated with the conceptional analysis around the doctrine of ‘socialism in one country’. In practice, it conjures up the image of regimes in which an elite or bureaucratic apparatus rules through a measure of control over the surplus product and the maintenance of an atomized population. Its political economy is necessarily unviable, described by Andras Hegedus as ‘organised chaos’. Different theorists and historians on the left have evolved varied analyses. It will be fifty years since Stalin was summarily ejected from Lenin’s tomb, and the process of ‘de-Stalinization', begun with his death, continued most spectacularly with Khrushchev’s secret speech in 1956, reached its reformist climax in 1961. The Stalinist system rejected reform and continued until its disintegration in 1991.
Critique will be dedicating its 2011 special issue to reflect on the end of Stalinism. Critique is an independent, peer reviewed, academic journal founded in 1973. We are looking for high quality scholarly articles on or surrounding, but not limited to, the following topics:
· What was the Stalinist system?
· Could it have been reformed?
· Can one describe its successor as a disintegrating Stalinism?
· Has capitalism been destabilized by the end of Stalinism, and the end of the Cold War?
· Did the ‘Secret Speech’ have an impact on the demise of Stalinism?
· Why has Stalinism been so difficult to defeat?
· What was the impact of the CPSU’s shift away from Stalinism on the communist world?
· Other thematic topics may include: Bay of Pigs invasion and Castro’s official adoption of Marxism-Leninism, construction of the Berlin Wall, Stalin’s body removed from the Lenin mausoleum, etc.
Critique: Journal of Socialist Theory welcomes contributions covering any aspect of Marxist political economy, philosophy and history. Articles should not normally exceed 7-8,000 words in length. Articles must include an abstract of no more than 300 words and a maximum of 6 key words. Please note that Critique does not use the Harvard system and expects footnotes to appear at the bottom of the page. For further instructions and advice for authors please visit: http://www.informaworld.com/critique. For further details about Critique visit: http://www.critiquejournal.net/. The final deadline for articles is December 1, 2010. Please send articles via email to the editor: Hillel H. Ticktin, firstname.lastname@example.org and to: email@example.com
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