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Under Siege: The Independent Labour Party in Interwar Britain

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ISBN: 9781771991551 9781771991568 9781771991575 Year: Pages: 430 DOI: 10.15215/aupress/9781771991551.01 Language: English
Publisher: Athabasca University Press
Subject: Political Science --- History
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During the period between the two world wars, the Independent Labour Party (ILP) was the main voice of radical democratic socialism in Great Britain. Founded in 1893, the ILP had, since 1906, operated under the aegis of the Labour Party. As that party edged nearer to power following World War I, forming minority governments in 1924 and again in 1929, the ILP found its own identity under siege. On one side stood those who wanted the ILP to subordinate itself to an increasingly cautious and conventional Labour leadership; on the other stood those who felt that the ILP should throw its lot in with the Communist Party of Great Britain. After the ILP disaffiliated from Labour in 1932 in order to pursue a new, “revolutionary” policy, it was again torn, this time between those who wanted to merge with the Communists and those who saw the ILP as their more genuinely revolutionary and democratic rival. At the opening of the 1930s, the ILP boasted five times the membership of the Communist Party, as well as a sizeable contingent of MPs. By the end of the decade, having tested the possibility of creating a revolutionary party in Britain almost to the point of its own destruction, the ILP was much diminished—although, unlike the Communists, it still retained a foothold in Parliament. Despite this reversal of fortunes, during the 1930s—years that witnessed the ascendancy of both Stalin and Hitler—the ILP demonstrated an unswerving commitment to democratic socialist thinking. Drawing extensively on the ILP’s Labour Leader and other contemporary left-wing newspapers, as well as on ILP publications and internal party documents, Bullock examines the debates and ideological battles of the ILP during the tumultuous interwar period. He argues that the ILP made a lasting contribution to British politics in general, and to the modern Labour Party in particular, by preserving the values of democratic socialism during the interwar period.

Stalin’s Constitution

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ISBN: 9781138721845 9781315194004 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102671
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Upon its adoption in December 1936, Soviet leaders hailed the new so-called Stalin Constitution as the most democratic in the world. Scholars have long scoffed at this claim, noting that the mass repression of 1937-1938 that followed rendered it a hollow document. This book focuses on the six-month long popular discussion of the draft Constitution, which preceded its formal adoption in December 1936. Drawing on rich archival sources, this book uses the discussion of the draft 1936 Constitution to examine discourse between the central state leadership and citizens about the new Soviet social contract, which delineated the roles the state and citizens should play in developing socialism.

Der Opfermythos bei Elfriede Jelinek

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ISBN: 9783205203254 Year: Pages: 326 Seiten DOI: 10.26530/oapen_622219 Language: German
Publisher: Böhlau Grant: Austrian Science Fund - PUB 391
Subject: Political Science
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This paper presents a new, interdisciplinary method to adequately interpret Elfriede Jelinek’s texts, integrating contemporary historical theories of fascism, national-socialism and the Austrian victim myth into the exemplary literary analysis.

Intellectual Radicalism after 1989

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Book Series: Edition Politik ISBN: 9783837634181 9783839434185 Year: DOI: 10.26530/oapen_628142 Language: English
Publisher: transcript Verlag Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100582
Subject: Sociology
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Left-wing intellectuals in Britain and the US had long repudiated the Soviet regime. Why was the collapse of the Eastern Bloc experienced as a shock that destabilised their identities and political allegiances then? What happened to a collective project that had started out to formulate a socialist vision different from both really existing socialism and social democracy? This study endeavours to answer both questions, focusing on generational networks rather than individuals and investigating political academic journals after 1989 to paint the picture of a Left deeply troubled by the triumph of a capitalism unfettered by any counter-force.

Socialistic Brands

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Book Series: Munich Intellectual Property Law Center – MIPLC ISBN: 9783845278810 Year: Volume: 28 Pages: 86 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5771/9783845278810 Language: English
Publisher: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG
Subject: Law
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Socialistic brands are signs with unique characteristics acquired through their use in particular historical circumstances. It is considered whether, decades after the fall of the iron curtain, the shared historical pedigree justifies different treatment of these signs. The author attempts to answer the question of what would constitute as unfair appropriation of these brands and discusses the availability of legal remedies in such cases. The analysis of issues relating to socialistic brands is conducted on the basis of European and Polish law and jurisprudence. Trademark law and other fields of intellectual property law form the core of this consideration. The author additionally employs findings from branches of social sciences such as anthropology, sociology and semiotics, in order to shed light on the complex nature of the attractiveness of signs and how cultural connotations affect it.

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