Revisiting the Gramsci-Bukharin relationship: Neglected symmetries

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In this article I revisit the ideas of Antonio Gramsci and Nikolai Bukharin from a contextual perspective to argue for a revision in the way current scholarship on Gramsci interprets his thought as fundamentally at odds with that of Bukharin. I show in particular that if we resist the temptation to reduce Bukharin to the level of his 1921 book, Historical Materialism, and concentrate instead on his more sophisticated NEP writings of the mid-1920s a series of symmetries in the advanced thought of these two key thinkers of early 20th century Marxism emerges that have been poorly recognised in the literature on Gramsci to date. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-375
JournalHistory of European Ideas
Issue number3
Early online date7 Jan 2011
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Gramsci
  • Bukharin
  • NEP
  • United Front
  • Historic Bloc
  • Hegemony


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