Preface

When, in 1938, I made my first literary contribution to the history of non-Russian communism, I was conscious of ploughing virgin soil. I could then assume that most of the things I had to say, although well known to the small group of people interested in communist history, would be novel to the general public. To-day, the situation is radically changed. Some aspects of communist history have been covered by first-rate monographs, such as Angelo Rossi's two masterpieces on the history of French communism during the first half of the war. Others have been treated in interesting memoirs, among which we find such a fine piece of narrative and analysis as J. Amery's story of his activities as a British liaison officer in Albania, and J. Soustelle's story of his silent struggle with the French communists at Algiers. Some of the issues, such as Tito's rise, have produced a large controversial literature. And new monographs, new memoirs, new documents (such as M. Pijade's invaluable collection of the correspondence between Tito and Stalin in 1942) are constantly appearing.

It would be no more than common prudence to keep out of a field which has in part been covered by actors on the political stage with whom the armchair student cannot compete, and is in part producing, in rapid succession, new pieces of evidence which are bound to alter the picture. If I have nevertheless undertaken to write this book, it is because a large number of friends have urgently impressed upon me the need for a comprehensive presentation of a larger whole. My history of the Communist International is out of print and difficult to obtain. Moreover, it only covers fully the twenties (and quite superficially part of the thirties), a period long left behind. It is entirely for practical purposes that I have written the present book. The circle of those engaged in work concerning communism has widened out of all proportion during the last two decades, and they have a right to be provided with a general survey of this kind, since it is impossible for the politician, the diplomat, the journalist, the intelligence officer and, last but not least, for the student of social and politi

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  • Title Page 7
  • Contents 11
  • Preface 13
  • Glossary of Political Organizations 19
  • Part I - The Foundations 23
  • I - Origins of the Communist International 25
  • II - United Front 50
  • III - Communists and Nazis 69
  • IV - French Communism Before 1934 81
  • Part II - Popular Front 113
  • V - The Great Turn 115
  • VI - Spain 163
  • VII - Decline and Fall 192
  • VIII - The Comintern and The Popular Front 221
  • Part III - The War 231
  • IX - The General Line: the Hitler- Stalin Pact 233
  • X - The General Line: the Grand Alliance 265
  • XI - France: the Worst of Traitors 296
  • XII - France: the Best of Patriots 315
  • XIII - Tito Emerges 337
  • XIV - Civil War in Yugoslavia 365
  • XV - Albania 396
  • XVI - Greece 409
  • Part IV - After the War 439
  • XVII - The Crisis of Liberation 441
  • XIX - Popular Democracies 484
  • XX - Cominform 517
  • Two Conclusions 549
  • Index 557
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