Communist Parties

A communist party is a left-wing political party that seeks to realize the social and economic goals of communism. The term communist party was popularized by the title of The Manifesto of the Communist Party (1848) by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. As a vanguard party, the communist party guides the political education and development of the working class (proletariat). As the ruling party, the communist party exercises power through the dictatorship of the proletariat. Vladimir Lenin developed the idea of the communist party as the revolutionary vanguard, when social democracy in Imperial Russia was divided into ideologically opposed factions, …



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Notes of interest with links to documents in Cold War Eastern Europe. Links to photos, maps and compelling stories.

funeral (including leaders of many non-ruling communist parties). FCO 28/5124 19-22 Textual Reports on visits

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State leaders in Eastern Europe, Berlin Mayors, United Kingdom Prime Ministers and Foreign Secretaries, Politicians and Statesmen, Ambassadors, Other Eastern European Figures

the Department for Relations with Foreign Communist Parties of the Central Committee; Politburo member

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State security agencies, International Organizations, Political Organizations, Non-governing Political Parties and Organizations, Youth Organizations, and other Key Terms

Union (equivalents existed in most other communist parties usually under the name Political Committee)

Korea University · 1 January 2017 English

In 1960–61, the outbreak of an increasingly acrimonious dispute between Nikita Khrushchev’s Soviet Union and Enver Hoxha’s Albania caught most foreign observers by surprise, all the more so because the …

Bucharest Conference of Bloc and foreign Communist Parties in June 1960.”8 To be sure, the British observers

RU: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey · 1 January 2017 English

1968 was a momentous year. In the West, it is primarily remembered as a moment of global youth revolt.1 Events in Eastern Europe took place within the context of this …

alone.”19 19 “Letter from Warsaw Meeting of Communist Parties Criticizing Czechoslovak Reforms,” International

The National Archives · 1 January 1982 English

A file of documents concerning the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia (K.S.?.) and the Czechoslovak government. Subjects discussed in the file include a conference of K.S.?. party secretaries; the sixth meeting …

condemnation of the Italian and Spanish communist parties for drawing incorrect conclusions from events Departments of the Central Committees of the Communist Parties of the socialist countries. The meeting was

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