The Left in History

The Left in History : Revolution and Reform in Twentieth-century Politics

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'Essential and rather chastening reading for anyone who believes left values need to have some effective public resonance and political impact and wants to learn from the few victories and many defeats experienced over the 20th century' Socialist History 'One of the most accurate, comprehensive and stimulating histories of the left' New Timesshow more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 134 x 208 x 20mm | 381.02g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745308910
  • 9780745308913
  • 2,170,218

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'Essential and rather chastening reading for anyone who believes left values need to have some effective public resonance and political impact and wants to learn from the few victories and many defeats experienced over the 20th century' --Socialist History 'One of the most accurate, comprehensive and stimulating histories of the left' --New Times 'Essential and rather chastening reading for anyone who believes left values need to have some effective public resonance and political impact and wants to learn from the few victories and many defeats experienced over the 20th century' - Socialist History 'One of the most accurate, comprehensive and stimulating histories of the left' - New Timesshow more

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The aim of this volume will be to examine the process through which this culmination was arrived at, to take into account the present situation of the left's surviving fragments and, very briefly, to enquire whether any potential still exists for its regrowth and the reformulation of its tradition. In this the author makes unashamed use of hindsight, being convinced that the development of any reality is only fully comprehended in the light of its eventual outcome.show more

About Willie Thompson

Willie Thompson was until his retirement Professor of Contemporary History at Glasgow Caledonian University. His books, published by Pluto, include The Good Old Cause: British Communism 1920-1991 (1992), What Happened to History? (2000) and Ideologies in the Age of Extremes: Liberalism, Conservatism, Communism, Fascism 1914-91 (2011). He is currently vice-president of the Socialist History Society.show more

Table of contents

Introduction Part 1 Mainstreams 1. The Matrix 2. Leninism and Stalinism 3. Actually Existing Socialism 4. The Fragments 5. Social Democracy Part 2 Alternatives 6. Trotskyism, Maoism, Eurocommunism 7. New Left, New Social Forces Conclusion: The Winter Landscape Notes Bibliography Indexshow more

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