Maurice Thorez: a biography

Bulaitis, J. (2018) Maurice Thorez: a biography. Communist Lives (Book 4). London: I.B. Tauris. ISBN 9781845117252.

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Abstract

Maurice Thorez (1900-1964) was a major figure in the history of twentieth-century France and European Communism for over three decades. Under his leadership, the French Communist Party (PCF) became France's largest political party and one of the most important communist parties in the West.

Born in a mining village, Thorez left school at the age of 12 and would go on to helm the PCF in a rapid rise that paralleled Stalin's consolidation of power in the Soviet Union. After World War II, he became a minister, and briefly deputy prime minister, before the Cold War excluded communists from political power. The PCF became known as 'the party of Maurice Thorez', as a leader cult around Thorez was created that mirrored the cult of personality' around Stalin.

This book is based on a wealth of original source material, including Thorez's diaries and notebooks. John Bulaitis outlines how Thorez's political life intersected with and was shaped by key historical events. At its heart, the book explores the paradox of the mass communist movement in France: its ability to fuse attachment to the French nation with fervent loyalty to the Soviet Union and Stalinist practices.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D0204 Modern history, 1453-
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D0031 Political and diplomatic history
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D0204 Modern history, 1453- > D0410 20th century
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D0204 Modern history, 1453- > D0720 Period between World Wars (1919-1939)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D0204 Modern history, 1453- > D0731 World War II (1939-1945)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D0204 Modern history, 1453- > D0839 Post-war history (1945- )
D History General and Old World > DC France
D History General and Old World > DC France > DC0001 General
D History General and Old World > DC France > DC0035 History
D History General and Old World > DC France > DC0035 History > DC0044 Military, naval, and political history. Foreign relations
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
J Political Science
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Dr John Bulaitis
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2019 14:18
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2019 14:18
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/17986

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