Dr. Bernhard H. Bayerlein

Historiker und Romanist, Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung (MZES)
Autor historischer, politikwissenschaftlicher und iberischer Studien
Internationale Kommunismusforschung und Archivprojekte

The International Newsletter of Communist Studies Online

Edited by Bernhard H. Bayerlein.

Published by The European Workshop of Communist Studies.

With support of The Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), University of Mannheim, Germany.

ISSN 1862-698X




Basic Information

The International Newsletter of Communist Studies, existing since 1993/1994, is an information bulletin dedicated to the various branches of historical and social science which are committed to the history of communist and respective left movements, ideas and regimes. It is aimed at scholars and publicists, archivists and librarians, teachers and students, and everyone else interested in the subject.

The International Newsletter contains presentations of projects in progress, reports on archival problems, information on noteworthy archival projects, fonds and institutions, reviews and presentation of new publications, biographical updates, information about current events, conferences and meetings, a survey of periodicals, a list of noteworthy online ressources concerning communist studies, and many other aspects. An integral part of the International Newsletter is the International Bibliography on Communist Studies, compiling recent woldwide publications on the research subject. Every year it covers over 500 publications from over 40 countries.

An important focus of the International Newsletter is to keep track of the opening processes of the archives in Russia and many other European countries. We consider the "Archival revolution", which was triggered by the implosion of the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc, to be a key event in historical science, providing numerous opportunities to re-evaluate the history of Communism in particular and of 20th century Europe and the world in general. This is why the International Newsletter feels obliged to present the proceeds of archival research to the scientific community in every way possible.

Featuring texts in English, French and German, the International Newsletter is issued annually in two different versions: the Online Newsletter, a downloadable version; and a more concise print edition which is published as a supplement to the scientific journal "Jahrbuch für historische Kommunismusforschung" by the Aufbau Publishing-House in Berlin.

The International Newsletter is always looking forward to collaborate with the international scientific community. You are encouraged to contact us with your suggestions and information.

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