Åsmund Egge and Svend Rybner (ed.): Red Star in the North. Hurricane Academic, 2015
Red Star in the North is an English-language collaboration project between several Nordic researchers, published at the Northern Norwegian Orkana publishing house. The book deals with the history of the communist movements in the Nordic countries until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The anthology makes key contributions to the understanding of whether there is something one can call one Nordic Communism which was specific to the Nordic countries. For the undersigned, there was much new to learn, especially about the dramatic history of the Finnish Communist Party.
The origin of the parties. Morten Thing provides an interesting review of the roots of the Scandinavian Communists in the left-wing of the Social Democratic parties, who had contact with the Russian Bolsheviks because of their joint involvement in the anti-war movement. The First World War led many to conclude that only a socialist revolution could solve the economic crises in the wake of capitalism and prevent a new war.
The Finnish Communist Party, on the other hand, was formed by socialists seeking refuge in the Soviet Union after the Socialists' defeat in the Finnish Civil War in 1918, while the Communist Party in Iceland did not see the light of day until 1930 and dissolved in favor of a wider one. . .
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