Kritik – Empirie – Theorie / Festschrift für Mechthild Leutner
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Mikhail Titarenko, Natalia Mamaeva, Irina Sotnikova - Major Contribution to Historiography on China of the 1920s–1940s (on the Publication of the Comintern and VCP(b) Politburo Top Secret Documents Regarding China)
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Mikhail Titarenko, Natalia Mamaeva, Irina Sotnikova
Major Contribution to Historiography on China of the 1920s–1940s (on the Publication of the Comintern and VCP(b) Politburo Top Secret Documents Regarding China)
Abstract: The article analyses the “The VCP(b), Comintern and China” documentary series issued jointly by scholarly teams of the RAS Institute of Far Eastern Studies, East Asian Seminar at the Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt University under the lead of Mikhail Titarenko and Mechthild Leutner.
The fall of the Berlin Wall and the disintegration of the Soviet Union were followed by the removal of many ideological barriers that had been hindering cooperation between Russian and German sinologists in the sphere of timely issues of history. Thus it became possible to undertake joint research on a number of subjects including such acute and timely topics as the role and influence of the Comintern, VCP(b)1 as well as German left-wing and rights organizations in the period of complex political struggle in China and at the critical stages of rivalry between the CCP and the Kuomintang.
Following President Boris Yeltsin’s edict on dissolution of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), many strictly classified archives of the CPSU Central Committee (CC) and Comintern were made accessible. Before that, by virtue of the specific situation, the former Soviet leadership actively attracted the scholars of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) Institute of Far Eastern Studies to engage...
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