Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky : Writings in Exile

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Leon Trotsky was a key political figure of the twentieth century - a leader of the Russian Revolution, founder of the Red Army, author of books on literature, history, morality and politics. Leon Trotsky: Writings in Exile contains some of his most insightful and penetrating works. Exiled and isolated by Stalin, Trotsky used the only weapon he had left - words. In these writings he defends the 1917 revolution, warns prophetically of fascism and analyses anti-colonial movements in the global south. This collection gives a sense of the real Trotsky - passionate, humanist, Marxist. It will introduce the writings of one of history's great revolutionaries to a new generation.show more

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  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 138 x 218 x 26mm | 439.98g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745331440
  • 9780745331447

About Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky was one of the most prominent leaders of the Russian Revolution in 1917. He was one of the primary contenders for the leadership of the Bolshevik Party in 1922 after the death of Lenin. When Stalin took this post, Trotsky swiftly concluded that the Revolution had been undermined. He was expelled from the Communist Party in 1927 and subsequently went into exile in Mexico, where he was assassinated by Soviet agents in 1940. Kunal Chattopadhyay is Professor at the Department of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University. He is the author of The Marxism of Leon Trotsky (2006).show more

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Leon Trotsky stands as a shining beacon amid the revolutionary events of our epoch. Out of the vast ideological arsenal he produced, Trotsky always considered that his most important works were those from his years in exile, which remain essential reading for those seeking to bring about fundamental change today. Kunal Chattopadhyay and Paul Le Blanc have done a great service in helping to make available, in a single volume, these texts to new generations of revolutionary activists. -- Esteban Volkow, Grandson of Leon Trotsky and President of the Board, Leon Trotsky House Museum, Coyoacan, Mexico This bracing book provides theoretical nourishment for our times, just as millions take to the streets worldwide demanding a just economic system. Leon Trotsky hit the world stage as President of the St. Petersburg Soviet in the 1905 Russian Revolution. ... Trotsky continues to educate and inspire, his flame refuses to be extinguished. -- Suzi Weissman Leon Trotsky's ideas inspired Minnesota teamsters and Bolivian miners, Filipino peasants from Mindanao and rebel students in the Latin Quarter, New York intellectuals and French Surrealist poets. Thanks to the initiative of Kunal Chattopadhyay and Paul Le Blanc, some of the most important writings from this period are now available in one volume; considered with an open and critical mind, they will certainly provide precious tools for a Socialism of the 21st Century. -- Michael Lowyshow more

Table of contents

Contents Introduction Section 1: Revolutionary Russia and Bureaucratic Dictatorship 1. In Defense of October 2. Stalinism and Bolshevism 3. Letter to Soviet Workers Section 2: Fascism and United Front 4. What Is National Socialism 5. Letter to a German Worker (United Front for Defense) 6. Lessons of Spain Section 3: Anti-Imperialism and National Struggle 7. Closer to the Proletarians of Colored Races 8. The Chinese Revolution 9. Letter to the Workers of India 10. Mexico and British Imperialism 11. Nationalized Industry 12. On Black Nationalism (excerpts) Section 4: Summing Up, Looking to the Future 13. Transitional Program (excerpts) 14. Trade Unions in the Epoch of Imperialist Decay 15. Testament Notes Indexshow more

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