Stalin Versus Marx: The Stalinist Historical Doctrine

Stalin Versus Marx: The Stalinist Historical Doctrine

Stalin Versus Marx: The Stalinist Historical Doctrine

Stalin Versus Marx: The Stalinist Historical Doctrine

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Some time ago a friend, a student of history, sent me the German language edition of a Soviet Russian historical work by Professor A. M. Pankratova. He had found that book, he wrote, extremely surprising. The book was called History of the U.S.S.R., and he expected to find in it the history of the Soviet Union since 1917, or, perhaps, since the founding of the Bolshevik party in 1903; but the book began with the Assyrians and Chaldeans. He had never, he said, met with anything madder.

He was perfectly right. The first pages of this History of the U.S.S.R., contain such passages as these:

"In the middle of the second millennium B.O.E." (before our era, i.e. B.C., but the author wished to avoid any reference to Christ), "there lived . . . by the upper waters of the rivers Tigris and Euphrates, whose sources are in the Caucasus, and by their tributaries, little groups of tribes. They were exposed to frequent attacks from the Assyrian kings. . . . At the beginning of the first millennium B.O.E. the tribal groups amalgamated. They acquired the name of Chaldeans, from their god Khald. . . . At the end of the eighth century B.O.E. the power of that State began to diminish markedly. In the north the Chaldeans were harassed by nomads. On the Tigris, Assyria once more became a powerful State. . . . In the middle of the sixth century B.O.E. the Persian kingdom in the . . .

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