Selected Essays by Mark Pittaway
Edited by Adam Fabry
Mainstream historiography has presented Stalinist parties as 'omnipotent', effectively stripping workers and society in general of its 'relative autonomy'. Building on an impressive amount of archive material, Pittaway convincingly shows how dynamics of class, gender, skill level, and rural versus urban location, shaped politics in the period. The volume also offers novel insights on historical and sociological roots of fascism in Hungary and the politics of legitimacy in the Austro-Hungarian borderlands.
This article is an introduction to the Symposium on Alexander Anievas and Kerem Nişancıoğlu’s How the West Came to Rule (2015). It summarises the main arguments of the book, as well as the critiques levied by the contributors to the Symposium.