The First Five Years of the Communist International

The First Five Years of the Communist International


Author : Leon Trotsky
Publisher : Wellred Books
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Pages : 806 pages
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Following the October Revolution of 1917, a revolutionary wave swept across Europe. In this period, Leon Trotsky, along with Lenin, was pivotal in setting up the Third (Communist) International, which represented a world party of the working class. The International could not be conjured out of thin air. Much like the Bolshevik Party, it had to be built through struggle against many different tendencies and ideas. This book collects all of Trotsky’s writings and speeches related to the first five years of the Communist International. Highlighting the task he and Lenin faced in trying to educate the young communist parties of Germany, France and elsewhere, it deals with many problems that the working-class movement still comes up against today. This includes the question of the United Front, the national question, the consciousness of the working class and how it changes and much more. Today, the capitalist system faces the deepest crisis in its history. However, we are faced with the same problem Trotsky outlined in 1924: there is no mass international organisation of the working class with a clear understanding of the task at hand. Therefore, this work is not just of historical interest, but should be read as a guide to action for all workers and youth seeking a revolutionary way out of the present crisis. This edition contains a new introduction by Fred Weston, editor of Marxist.com, which outlines some of the key debates and decisions as well as an outline of the development of the International in this period.


Syndicalism and the Transition to Communism

Syndicalism and the Transition to Communism


Author : Ralph Darlington
Publisher : Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
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ISBN : 1409479986
Pages : 350 pages
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During the first two decades of the twentieth century, amidst an extraordinary international upsurge in strike action, the ideas of revolutionary syndicalism developed into a major influence within the world wide trade union movement. Committed to destroying capitalism through direct industrial action and revolutionary trade union struggle, the movement raised fundamental questions about the need for new and democratic forms of power through which workers could collectively manage industry and society. This study provides an all-embracing comparative analysis of the dynamics and trajectory of the syndicalist movement in six specific countries: France, Spain, Italy, America, Britain and Ireland. This is achieved through an examination of the philosophy of syndicalism and the varied forms that syndicalist organisations assumed; the distinctive economic, social and political context in which they emerged; the extent to which syndicalism influenced wider politics; and the reasons for its subsequent demise. The volume also provides the first ever systematic examination of the relationship between syndicalism and communism, focusing on the ideological and political conversion to communism undertaken by some of the syndicalist movement's leading figures and the degree of synthesis between the two traditions within the new communist parties that emerged in the early 1920s.


The Comintern

The Comintern


Author : Duncan Hallas
Publisher : Haymarket Books
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ISBN : 1608460576
Pages : 220 pages
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The Comintern, from its years as a school of strategy and tactics, to its Stalinist demise.


Bibliography of the Communist International

Bibliography of the Communist International


Author : Vilém Kahan
Publisher : BRILL
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ISBN : 9789004093201
Pages : 410 pages
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This comprehensive bibliography will be a necessary starting-point for all future students of the communist international, 1919-1943. It contains the most complete annotated list of references on the subject published so far.


Leon Trotsky and the Politics of Economic Isolation

Leon Trotsky and the Politics of Economic Isolation


Author : Richard B. Day
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
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ISBN : 9780521524360
Pages : 236 pages
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A highly original and controversial examination of events in Soviet Russia from 1917 to 1927 in which Professor Day challenges both the standard Trotskyite and Stalinist interpretations of the period. At the same time he rejects the traditional emphasis on Trotsky's concept of Permanent Revolution and argues that a Marxist theorist is essential. Professor Day concentrates upon the economic implications of revolutionary Russia's isolation from Europe. How to build socialism - in a backward, war-ravaged society, without aid from the West: this problem lay behind many of the most important political conflicts of Soviet Russia's formative years.


How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions?

How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions?


Author : Neil Davidson
Publisher : Haymarket Books
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ISBN : 160846265X
Pages : 840 pages
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In this panoramic historical analysis, Neil Davidson defends a renovated concept of bourgeois revolution. Davidson shows how our globalized societies of the present are the result of a contested, turbulent history marked by often forceful revolutions directed against old social orders, from the Dutch Revolt to the English and American Civil Wars and beyond.


Bourgeois Liberty and the Politics of Fear

Bourgeois Liberty and the Politics of Fear


Author : Marc Mulholland
Publisher : Oxford University Press
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ISBN : 0191632767
Pages : pages
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In 1842 Heinrich Heine, the German poet, wrote that the bourgeoisie, 'obsessed by a nightmare apprehension of disaster' and 'an instinctive dread of communism', were driven against their better instincts into tolerating absolutist government. Theirs was a 'politics motivated by fear'. Over the next 150 years, the middle classes were repeatedly accused of betraying liberty for fear of 'red revolution'. The failure of the revolutions of 1848, conservative nationalism from the 1860s, fascist victories in the first half of the twentieth-century, and repression of national liberation movements during the Cold War - these fateful disasters were all explained by the bourgeoisie's fear of the masses. For their part, conservatives insisted that demagogues and fanatics exploited the desperation of the poor to subvert liberal revolutions, leading to anarchy and tyranny. Only evolutionary reform was enduring. From the 1970s, however, liberal revolution revived on an unprecedented scale. With the collapse of communism, bourgeois liberty once again became a crusading, force, but now on a global scale. In the twenty-first century, the armed forces of the United States, Britain, and NATO became instruments of 'regime change', seeking to destroy dictatorship and build free-market democracies. President George W. Bush called the invasion of Iraq in 2003 a 'watershed event in the global democratic revolution'. This was an extraordinary turn-around, with the middle classes now hailed as the truly universal class which, in emancipating itself, emancipates all society. The debacle in Iraq, and the Great Recession from 2008, revealed all too clearly that hubris still invited nemesis. Bourgeois Liberty and the Politics of Fear examines this remarkable story, and the fierce debates it occasioned. It takes in a span from the seventeenth century to the twenty-first, covering a wide range of countries and thinkers. Broad in its scope, it presents a clear set of arguments that shed new light on the creation of our modern world.


Trotsky’s Challenge

Trotsky’s Challenge


Author : Frederick Corney
Publisher : BRILL
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ISBN : 9004306668
Pages : 854 pages
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In Trotsky’s Challenge: The ‘Literary Discussion’ of 1924 and the Fight for the Bolshevik Revolution, Corney has translated, annotated, and introduced the major contributions to the infamous Soviet polemic of 1924 triggered by The Lessons of October, his controversial analysis of the revolution.


The Collapse of Communism in the USSR

The Collapse of Communism in the USSR


Author : Doug Lorimer
Publisher : Resistance Books
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ISBN : 9780909196738
Pages : 48 pages
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Vanguard of the Revolution

Vanguard of the Revolution


Author : A. James McAdams
Publisher : Princeton University Press
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ISBN : 0691196427
Pages : 584 pages
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The first comprehensive political history of the communist party Vanguard of the Revolution is a sweeping history of one of the most significant political institutions of the modern world. The communist party was a revolutionary idea long before its supporters came to power. A. James McAdams argues that the rise and fall of communism can be understood only by taking into account the origins and evolution of this compelling idea. He shows how the leaders of parties in countries as diverse as the Soviet Union, China, Germany, Yugoslavia, Cuba, and North Korea adapted the original ideas of revolutionaries like Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin to profoundly different social and cultural settings. Vanguard of the Revolution is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand world communism and the captivating idea that gave it life.


Bukharin's Theory of Equilibrium

Bukharin's Theory of Equilibrium


Author : Kenneth J. Tarbuck
Publisher : Pluto Press (UK)
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Pages : 196 pages
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Written to mark the 100th anniversary of Bukharin's birth and the 50th anniversary of his murder, this study presents a study of Nikolai Bukharin, murdered in Moscow during the Stalin purges. His reputation has recently been rehabilitated in the USSR and his work as a key theoretician in the New Economic Policy of the 1920s has a continuing relevance. In this volume it receives close and critical scrutiny.


Germany 1918-1933: Socialism or Barbarism

Germany 1918-1933: Socialism or Barbarism


Author : Rob Sewell
Publisher : Wellred Books
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ISBN : 1900007983
Pages : 488 pages
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The Impossible Triangle

The Impossible Triangle


Author : Daniela Spenser
Publisher : Duke University Press
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ISBN : 9780822322894
Pages : 284 pages
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Post-revolutionary Mexico's establishment of diplomatic ties with the Soviet Union recognized their shared commitment to working-class people and asserted Mexican sovereignty in defiance of the United States. This work reveals the history and consequenc


A Political Biography of Arkadij Maslow, 1891-1941

A Political Biography of Arkadij Maslow, 1891-1941


Author : Mario Kessler
Publisher : Springer Nature
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ISBN : 3030432572
Pages : 258 pages
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This book is a political biography of Arkadij Maksimovich Maslow (1891-1941), a German Communist politician and later a dissident and opponent to Stalin. Together with his political and common-law marriage partner, Ruth Fischer, Maslow briefly led the Communist Party of Germany, the KPD, and brought about its submission to Moscow. Afterwards Fischer and Maslow were removed from the KPD leadership in the fall of 1925 and expelled from the party a year later. Henceforth they both lived as communist outsiders—persecuted by both Hitler and Stalin. Maslow escaped to Cuba via France and Portugal and was murdered under dubious circumstances in Havana in November 1941. He died as a communist dissident committed to the cause of a radical-socialist labor movement that lay in ruins. Kessler considers Maslow's role in pivotal events such as the Bolshevik Revolution, in Soviet revolutionary parties and organizations, through to the rise of Stalinism and Cold War anti-communism. What results is a deep dive into the life of a key yet understudied figure in dissident communism.


The Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Russian Revolution

The Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Russian Revolution


Author : Harold Shukman
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
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ISBN : 0631195254
Pages : 454 pages
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This single volume is an authoritative and accessible guide to the background and progress of the Revolution, written by a team of over forty specialist contributors. Beginning with the radical movements of the mid-nineteenth century, the Encyclopedia covers the development of the revolutionary movement created by the intelligentsia; the condition of the peasants, that of the working class, and of the army; the role of the Tsarist secret police; the 'agents provocateurs'; the revolutionaries' own underground. A substantial section is devoted to the emergence of liberation movements among the national minorities of the borderlands. The Encyclopedia also considers the formation of Soviet institutions, and examines too the emergence of revolutionary culture well before 1917, the avant-garde in art and theatre, and the relationship to the revolution of three major Russian writers, Blok, Gorky and Mayakovsky.


The Comintern

The Comintern


Author : Jeremy Agnew
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
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ISBN : 1349250244
Pages : 336 pages
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This accessible text provides a comprehensive narrative and interpretative account of the entire history of the Communist International, 1919-1943. By incorporating the most recent Western and Soviet research the authors explain the legendary complexities of Comintern history and chart its degeneration from a revolutionary internationalist organisation into an obedient instrument of Soviet foreign policy. Key themes include: continuities and discontinuities between the Leninist and Stalinist phases, Bolshevisation versus national traditions, and the role of leading individuals in the Comintern apparatus. A selection of documents will elucidate these central themes.


October Song

October Song


Author : Paul Le Blanc
Publisher : Haymarket Books
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ISBN : 160846878X
Pages : 504 pages
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A panoramic account of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and its aftermath – animated by the lives, ideas and experiences of workers, peasants, intellectuals, artists, and revolutionaries of diverse persuasions – October Song vividly narrates the triumphs of those who struggled for a new society and created a revolutionary workers state. Yet despite profoundly democratic and humanistic aspirations, the revolution is eventually defeated by violence and authoritarianism. October Song highlights both positive and negative lessons of this historic struggle for human liberation.