Soviet: a critique of western historiography on African political parties

This article is a revised chapter from the collective monograph Political Parties of Africa (in Russian) prepared for the press by the Institute of the USSR Academy of Sciences. The new social forces which have come to power in the independent African states are advancing original concepts for the development of their countries. These concepts, summarized in the programme documents of the respective parties, are of universal thought and deserve close examination. Of no less significance, if not more, is the political relevance of the question. Since an analysis of the theory and practice of the ruling and opposition African parties is acquiring increasing practical importance, Western bourgeois authors are devoting more and more special works to the subject. The author examines what the bourgeois students of African affairs have to say about the genesis and function of the continent’s parties: The ‘Parliamentary’ theory about the origin of parties – Classification of parties – The one-party system and its critics. Ref.

Title: Soviet: a critique of western historiography on African political parties
Author: Letnev, A.
Year: 1972
Periodical: Pan-African Journal
Volume: 5
Issue: 3
Pages: 357-370
Language: English
Geographic terms: Africa
Soviet Union
Abstract: This article is a revised chapter from the collective monograph Political Parties of Africa (in Russian) prepared for the press by the Institute of the USSR Academy of Sciences. The new social forces which have come to power in the independent African states are advancing original concepts for the development of their countries. These concepts, summarized in the programme documents of the respective parties, are of universal thought and deserve close examination. Of no less significance, if not more, is the political relevance of the question. Since an analysis of the theory and practice of the ruling and opposition African parties is acquiring increasing practical importance, Western bourgeois authors are devoting more and more special works to the subject. The author examines what the bourgeois students of African affairs have to say about the genesis and function of the continent’s parties: The ‘Parliamentary’ theory about the origin of parties – Classification of parties – The one-party system and its critics. Ref.