C-SPAN 3: Cold War Era Spies – Whittaker Chambers

C-SPAN 3 airs new insight into the spy activities of Whittaker Chambers in the early 1930s, before the Hiss Case, taped during panel presentation of the Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG):

Airing Details:
Apr 27, 2014 | 6:30pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
Apr 27, 2014 | 10:30pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
May 03, 2014 | 10:30am EDT | C-SPAN 3
May 04, 2014 | 6:30am EDT | C-SPAN 3



Thomas Sakmyster

A Communist Odyssey, by Thomas SakmysterThe Central European University Press of Budapest and New York has published A Communist Odyssey: The Life of József Pogány/John Pepper by Thomas Sakmyster, professor emeritus of history at the University of Cincinnati.

The book launches during the 2012 annual conference of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). Dr. Sakmyster will appear there: New Orleans at 9:00 A.M. on Friday, November 16, 2012, at the the Central European University Press booth.

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Louis Fischer on Kronstadt

The 1949 book The God That Failed contains Louis Fischer‘s definition of “Kronstadt”: a moment in which communists or fellow-travelers decide not just to leave the Communist Party but to oppose it as anti-communists.

Editor Richard Crossman said in the book’s introduction: “The Kronstadt rebels called for Soviet power free from Bolshevik dominance” (p. x).

After describing the actual Kronstadt rebellion, Fischer spent many pages applying the concept it to some to subsequent former-communists—including himself:

What counts decisively is the “Kronstadt.” Until its advent, one may waver emotionally or doubt intellectually or even reject the cause altogether in one’s mind and yet refuse to attack it. I had no “Kronstadt” for many years” (p. 204)