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A Rebel s Guide to Trotsky

Author : Esme Choonara
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Trotsky was a central figure in the decisive event of the 20th century - the Russian Revolution of 1917. With the isolation and decline of the revolution, he was thrust from power, exiled and eventually murdered by one of Stalin's agents. Did Trotsky represent a genuine alternative to Stalin? Do his ideas of international revolution have something to offer our globalised age? A short introduction to Trotsky's life and ideas.

Contemporary Trotskyism

Author : John Kelly
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Almost 80 years after Leon Trotsky founded the Fourth International, there are now Trotskyist organizations in 57 countries, including most of Western Europe and Latin America. Yet no Trotskyist group has ever led a revolution or built an enduring mass, political party. Contemporary Trotskyism looks in detail at the influence, resilience and weaknesses of the British Trotskyist movement, from the 1970s to the present day. The book argues that to understand and explain the development, resilience and influence of Trotskyist groups, we need to analyse them as bodies that comprise elements of three types of organization: the political party, the sect and the social movement. It is the properties of these three facets of organization and the interplay between them that gives rise to the most characteristic features of the Trotskyist movement: frenetic activity, rampant divisions, inter-organizational hostility, authoritarian and charismatic leadership, high membership turnover and ideological rigidity. Trotskyist groups have been involved in a wide range of important social movements including trade unions, student unions, anti-war, anti-racist and anti-fascist groups. While their energy and activity in civil society have had some success, their influence has never been reflected in votes or seats at elections even after the financial crisis. Drawing on extensive archival research, as well as interviews with many of the leading protagonists and activists within the Trotskyist milieu, this is essential reading for students, activists and researchers with an interest in the far left, social movements and contemporary British political history.


Author : Paul Donnelley
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Author : Geoffrey Swain
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Without Trotsky there would have been no Bolshevik Revolution, but Trotsky was no Bolshevik. Providing a full account of Trotsky’s role during the Russian Civil War and concentrating on his time as an active participant in Russian revolutionary politics, rather than his ideological writings of emigration, Swain gives the student a very different picture of the Bolshevik Commissar of War. This radically new interpretation of Trotsky’s career spanning 1905-1917 incorporates the tense relationship between Trotsky and Lenin until 1917, and pays particular attention to the Russian Civil War and Trotsky’s military organisation and contribution to the war. Swain argues critically that Trotsky achieved where Lenin would have failed, suggesting that Trotsky was in the main part responsible for the Bolshevik Revolution.

The Guide Post

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The Russian Revolution

Author : Abraham Ascher
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1917: the year a series of rebellions toppled three centuries of autocratic rule and placed a group of political radicals in charge of a world power. Here, suddenly, was the first modern socialist state, “a kingdom more bright that any heaven had to offer”. But the dream was short-lived, bringing in its wake seventy years of conflict and instability that nearly ended in nuclear war. How could such a revolution take place and what caused it to go so very wrong? Presenting a uniquely long view of events, Abraham Ascher takes readers from the seeds of revolution in the 1880s right through to Stalin’s state terror and the power of the communist legacy in Russia today. Original and shrewd, Ascher’s analysis offers an unparalled introduction to this watershed period in world history

Leon Trotsky

Author : Helen Gilbert
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This concise look at the life of Trotsky begins with his first meeting with Lenin in exile, in 1902, and ends with Trotsky's assassination in Mexico, in 1940. Ideological and practical conflicts with the other major personalities of the Russian revolution are detailed, and a brief descriptive bibliography of Trotsky's key writings is included.

A Guide to World Cinema

Author : National Film Theatre (London, England)
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Trotsky and the Problem of Soviet Bureaucracy

Author : Thomas M. Twiss
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In Trotsky and the Problem of Soviet Bureaucracy, Thomas M. Twiss traces the development of Trotsky’s thinking on the issue of post-revolutionary bureaucracy from the first years after the Bolshevik Revolution through the Moscow Trials of the 1930s.

Trotsky s Favourite Spy

Author : Peter Day
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Una Kroll was eleven when she first met her father. They stopped for lunch on the way from Brighton to London and he took her outside to play with the innkeeper’s Angora rabbit. In that pub garden this stranger uttered words that sent a chill through her heart, he would not be coming home. There was another woman. Scarcely comprehending, she buried her face in the white rabbit’s fur and refused to cry. The lonely little girl already knew how to hide her tears and she had invented a childish fantasy about her absent father to fend off unsympathetic classmates. He was an aviator and explorer who had gone missing in the desert, she told them. This was less extraordinary than the truth. Only years later did she discover that George Hill, her father, was a British spy who had befriended Trotsky at the time of the Russian Revolution. He had smuggled the Romanian crown jewels out of the Soviet Union and was involved in a doomed attempt to rescue the Tsar. During the Second World War he acted as the link between Churchill’s Special Operations Executive and Stalin’s secret service, the NKVD. Una’s mother, Hilda Pediani, had been one of his agents and one of many lovers. He married her so that Una would be legitimate, but took no part in the child’s upbringing. It was a rare sympathetic act by a man who was capable of great bravery but little compassion.

A Guide to Intra state Wars

Author : Jeffrey S. Dixon
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This title describes how civil war is defined and categorized and presents data and descriptions for nearly 300 civil wars waged from 1816 to the present. Analyzing trends over time and regions, this work is the definitive source for understanding the phenomenon of civil war.

Trotsky and the Russian Revolution

Author : Geoffrey Swain
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Supporters of Stalin saw Trotsky as a traitor and renegade. Trotsky’s own supporters saw him as the only true Leninist. In Trotsky and the Russian Revolution, Geoffrey Swain restores Trotsky to his real and central role in the Russian Revolution. In this succinct and comprehensive study, Swain contests that: In the years between 1903 and 1917, it was the ideas of Trotsky, rather than Lenin, which shaped the nascent Bolshevik Party and prepared it for the overthrow of the Tsar. During the autumn of 1917 workers supported Trotsky’s idea of an insurrection carried out by the soviet, rather than Lenin’s demand for a party orchestrated coup d’etat. During the Russian Civil War, Trotsky persuaded a sceptical Lenin that the only way to victory was through the employment of officers trained in the Tsar’s army. As well as examining Trotsky’s critique of Stalin’s Russia in the 1930s, this seminar reader probes deeper to explore the ideas which drove Trotsky forward during his years of influence over Russia’s revolutionary politics, exploring such key concepts as how to construct a revolutionary party, how to stage a successful insurrection, how to fight a revolutionary war, and how to build a socialist state.

U S Trotskyism 1928 1965 Part III Resurgence

Author : Paul Le Blanc
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This last of three documentary volumes, U.S. TROTSKYISM 1928-1965, III: EMERGENCE, spans 1954 to 1965, and includes a rich selection of primary sources on labor and social struggles, intellectual history, and the revolutionary impact of Leon Trotsky’s perspectives on U.S. socialism.

Stalin s Nemesis

Author : Bertrand Patenaude
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Leon Trotsky was the charismatic intellectual of the Russian Revolution, an authoritarian organizer, who might have succeeded Lenin and become the ruler of the Soviet Union. But by the time the Second World War broke out he was in exile, living in Mexico in a villa borrowed from the great artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, guarded only by several naïve young American acolytes. The household was awash with emotional turmoil - tensions grew between Trotsky and Rivera, as questions arose over his relations with Frida Kahlo. His wife was restless and jealous. Outside of the villa, Mexican communists tried to storm the house, the Trotskys' sons were being persecuted and killed in Europe, and in Moscow, Stalin personally ordered his secret police to kill his fiercest left-wing critic - at any cost. By the summer of 1940, they had found a man who could penetrate the tight security around the house in far-away Mexico . . . Bertrand Patenaude's book reconstructs a famous state crime with chilling precision and a page-turning quality. It tells the amazing story of a deadly rivalry, revolutionary fanaticism and tragic violence and loss.

Socialism Seriously

Author : Danny Katch
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A funny and accessible introduction to socialism.

Britannica Guide to Russia

Author : Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.
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The Britannica Guide to Russia offers a panoramic view of Russia, telling the history of the nation since 1917 as well as the story of its culture, religion, arts, and literature in the twentieth century and beyond. Russia is one of the fastest growing economies in the world attracting billions of dollars of investment every year. As the nation re-emerges from the Cold War it is increasingly important to know where it is heading. Russia is a land of superlatives, it is also a country of extremes and by far the world’s largest country, it extends across the whole of northern Asia and the eastern third of Europe, spanning eleven time zones. The guide also covers the major places to visit such as Moscow, St Petersburg, and Kiev as well as a particular focus on the contemporary nation since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Out of the ashes of the cold war, a new super power has emerged including the rise of the Oligarchs, the presidency of Vladimir Putin, and the role of Russia in the new world order.

Philip Allan Literature Guide for GCSE Animal Farm

Author : Najoud Ensaff
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Philip Allan Literature Guides (for GCSE) provide exam-focused analysis of popular set texts to give students the very best chance of achieving the highest grades possible. Designed to be used throughout the course or as revision before the exam, this full colour text provides: - a thorough commentary, outlining the plot and structure and exploring the themes, style, characters and context of the text - exemplar A*- and C-grade answers to exam-style questions, with examiner's comments, exam and essay-writing advice - the assessment objectives for each exam board, highlighting the specific skills that students need to develop - 'Grade booster' boxes with tips on how to move between grades - 'Pause for thought' boxes to make students consider their own opinions on the text - Key quotations to memorise and use in the exams AND free access to a website with further revision aids, including interactive quizzes, blogs, a forum for students to share their ideas, useful web links, plus additional exam-style questions and answers with examiner's comments and expert advice.

Readers Guide to Periodical Literature

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An American Testament a Narrative of Rebels And Romantics

Author : Joseph Freeman
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An examination of socialism in the USA, originally published in the 1930s. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Hesperides Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork. Contents Include - A Vanished Village - The Golden Realm - Guides for the Perplexed - Apocalypse - Saviours in Cap and Gown - The Triumph of Life - Time and Eternity - Dialogues Across the Sea - Against the Stream - The Happy Island - The Party - Idealists - The Strange Twenties - The New Masses - Greta - Expedition - New Found Land - Hedda - Eisenstein's Holy Grail - Turning Points

Paperbound Books in Print

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