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Esmonde Higgins in the Soviet Union
Political Tourists - Travellers from Australia to the Soviet Union in the 1920s-1940s (2008)
  • Terry Irving, University of Wollongong
Abstract

Esmonde Higgins visited the Soviet Union in 1920 and became a Communist, and in 1928 and began a process of disengagement from Communism. This chapter explores his reactions to the Soviet Union during those visits, in particular how he projected onto the Soviet system his own imagined world of socialist feelings. Back in Australia it was the bureaucratic and ruthless style of the party's leadership that cured him of his sentimentality about Communism and the Soviet system.

Keywords
  • Esmonde Higgins,
  • Soviet Union,
  • Communist Party of Australia
Publication Date
January 1, 2008
Publisher
Melbourne University Press
ISBN
9780522855333
Citation Information
Terry Irving. "Esmonde Higgins in the Soviet Union" MelbournePolitical Tourists - Travellers from Australia to the Soviet Union in the 1920s-1940s (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/terry_irving1/5/