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World Revolution, 1917-193 (Revolutionary Studies) Paperback – June 1, 1993


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  • Series: Revolutionary Studies
  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Humanity Books; 1st Paperback Ed edition (June 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573925837
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573925839
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,625,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tony Thomas on May 19, 2003
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In the 1930s and early 1940s many intellectuals of brilliance and determination were attracted by the world revolution. CLR James, the most brilliant of West Indian intellectuals, cricketeer, sports writer, analyst of literature including his prescient writing on Melville done while imprisoned by the INS in NY harbor at the height of the 1950s witch hunt and above all the masterful author of BlacK Jacobins, the revolutionary Marxist History of Haiti's rebellions, and under the prodding of Trotsky and of the US Socialist Workers Party, the Revolutionary Struggle of the Negro people, a modern transformation of Trotsky's ideas on the African American struggle that predicted what happened in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

This book was written by James in the 1930s when he was an adherent of the real communist movement, the Fourth International led by Leon Trotsky. It charts the rise and fall of the Comintern, born as the revolutionary international of Lenin, Trotsky, Kamenev, Zinoviev, of James P. Cannon, and so many others and charts its murder by Stalin and his minions.

To supplement this, you must read Against the Stream, on the history of the International, by Leon Trotsky. This is a discussion of the book, the history, and its merits by Trotskly with James. Trotsky explains James' errors, his concentration on individual tactics than the inmpact of history on masses of workers, among so many other things. Indeed, Trotsky's interviews with James contained in his writings of 1939-40 and 1940 are a very good antidote to the general weaknesses of petit-bourgeois intellectualism, and so genuinely wise about life in general, that they deserve to be in every home.
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