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An “empire” without imperialism? A study of the Soviet-colonial dialectic from the October Revolution to its defeat

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dc.contributor.author Strandlund, Tyson Riel
dc.date.accessioned 2021-10-22T22:09:54Z
dc.date.available 2021-10-22T22:09:54Z
dc.date.copyright 2021 en_US
dc.date.issued 2021-10-22
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/13464
dc.description.abstract An analysis of Soviet history and political thought in the context of imperialism and colonialism This study attempts to clarify problems with dominant liberal narratives and historiography relating to the Soviet Union, particularly relating to questions of empire and colonialism, and instead platforms Third World Marxists and other anti-imperialist scholars and revolutionaries whose views have been effectively sidelined and stifled. By tracing the history of political thought around these questions from pre-revolutionary Marxists through to Cold War era anti-colonial and pan-African scholars and revolutionaries alongside developments in the dynamic and forms of imperialism, and by situating anti-colonial nationalisms in the context of worldmaking rather than state building, this text aims to contribute to analyses of Soviet policy and its relationship to the global history of decolonisation in the 20th Century. This work identifies serious theoretical and ideological deficiencies in existing literature and concludes that concise definitions of imperialism and empire such as those used by V.I. Lenin and Kwame Nkrumah are not consistent with commonly held beliefs about the role played by the Soviet Union in the history of anti-colonial and national liberation movements. Western liberal literature on this subject has suffered significantly as a result of political and ideological prejudices stemming directly from the US Cold War victory and psychological warfare campaigns targeting communist and anti-colonial movements to this end. My research indicates that misidentification and misuse of terms relating to empire and colonialism pose serious obstacles and risks to present and future efforts geared towards global peace and equality which add urgency to the correction of mistakes both in scholarly and popular historical, political, and cultural approaches to interpretations of Soviet history. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Soviet en_US
dc.subject History en_US
dc.subject Decolonisation en_US
dc.subject Racism en_US
dc.subject Imperialism en_US
dc.subject National Liberation en_US
dc.subject Colonialism en_US
dc.subject Africa en_US
dc.subject Anti-Imperialism en_US
dc.subject Asia en_US
dc.subject Cold War en_US
dc.subject Communism en_US
dc.subject Cosmopolitanism en_US
dc.subject Engels en_US
dc.subject Ethno-nationalism en_US
dc.subject European History en_US
dc.subject Fascism en_US
dc.subject George Padmore en_US
dc.subject Global History en_US
dc.subject Historical Materialism en_US
dc.subject Hitler en_US
dc.subject India en_US
dc.subject KUTV en_US
dc.subject Kwame Nkrumah en_US
dc.subject Lenin en_US
dc.subject Marx en_US
dc.subject Marxism en_US
dc.subject M.N. Roy en_US
dc.subject Marxism-Leninism en_US
dc.subject Nationalism en_US
dc.subject Nazism en_US
dc.subject Nehru en_US
dc.subject Neocolonialism en_US
dc.subject October Revolution en_US
dc.subject Pan-Africanism en_US
dc.subject Philosophy en_US
dc.subject Political History en_US
dc.subject R. Palme Dutt en_US
dc.subject Social Democracy en_US
dc.subject Soviet Union en_US
dc.subject Socialism en_US
dc.subject Social History en_US
dc.subject social fascism en_US
dc.subject social imperialism en_US
dc.subject Theoretical History en_US
dc.subject United Nations en_US
dc.subject USSR en_US
dc.subject Afghanistan en_US
dc.subject Indonesia en_US
dc.subject Globalisation en_US
dc.subject Walter Rodney en_US
dc.subject WWI en_US
dc.subject WWII en_US
dc.subject United States en_US
dc.subject Empire en_US
dc.subject Russian Empire en_US
dc.subject Third World en_US
dc.subject Anti-Colonialism en_US
dc.title An “empire” without imperialism? A study of the Soviet-colonial dialectic from the October Revolution to its defeat en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Bose, Neilesh
dc.degree.department Department of History en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US


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