Vol. 16 (2023): XVI International Symposium Contemporary Issues of Literary Criticism Socialist Realism in Literature and Art
Science and Art in the Era of Socialist Realism

Handbook of Communists (To the 85th Anniversary of the Publication of „History of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks): Short Course“

Otar Janelidze
Gori State University; Ilia State University Institute of Political Science

Published 2023-12-11


  • History,
  • Stalin,
  • bolshevik party,
  • communist propaganda


It was considered that the "Short Course" made significant contributions to the "progressive development of Marxism-Leninism." However, in reality, it led to the erosion of common-sense principles within historical science and a reduction in its research-oriented aspects, giving way to prolonged dogmatism.

During Stalin's era, the "Short Course" was regarded as the "definitive textbook of Bolshevism," At the XX Congress of the CPSU, it was declared as lacking in substance. Under the leadership of L. Brezhnev, there was a partial rehabilitation of the "Short Course." However, during the period of perestroika, it was characterized as a historically incongruent and fictitious text.