In Search of Innocence: Images of Central and Eastern European Anti-communist Resistance in Left-Wing British Political Drama

  • Paweł SchreiberEmail author
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The article describes the image of Central and Eastern European anti-communist resistance in selected British political plays written by authors identifying as left-wing. The plays range from the 1956 “living newspaper” World at Edge to David Edgar’s 1983 Maydays. The article explores ways in which Eastern European dissidents are used by the British left in order to rediscover and reinforce its own identity in the face of the failing reputation of Soviet communism, especially after the Hungarian uprising and the Prague Spring. Eastern European dissent is also viewed as a phenomenon capable of salvaging the crucial tenets of the Russian revolution without the need to excuse or obscure the later Soviet atrocities perpetrated in the name of communism.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kazimierz Wielki UniversityBydgoszczPoland

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