Marxism and Stalinism

Stalinism and Afghanistan: socialists and the 1979-89 war: Workers' Liberty 3/55

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Sean Matgamna

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Afghanistan’s “Great Saur Revolution”, in April 1978, and the Russian invasion of Afghanistan that flowed from it 20 months later, at Christmas 1979, were two of the most important events of the second half of the 20th century.

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The two Trotskyisms during World War 2: Workers' Liberty 3/48

Tracing the development of "two Trotskyisms" through from the 1940 split to the 1944 polemic between Harry Braverman and Max Shachtman.

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The pagination in the pdf is correct, but, by a mishap, the pages of the printed version of Workers' Liberty 3/48, as a pull-out in Solidarity 347, are in the wrong order. Our apologies to readers.

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Tracing the development of "two Trotskyisms" from the 1940 split to the 1944 polemic between Harry Braverman and Max Shachtman.

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Germany 1953: Workers rise against Stalinist rule. Workers' Liberty 3/40:

In June 1953, workers revolted against Stalinist rule in East Germany. We republish here analysis of the uprising by the “Third Camp” Trotskyists of the Independent Socialist League.

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Editorials - March 1995

Editorial comments on the ongoing influence of Stalinism in the British labour movement, the need for a campaign to defend the welfare state, and calling for justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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The lessons of Stalinism

WL 3/29

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Hal Draper and others

How Marxists registered and learned from - or failed to register and learn from - the great expansion of Stalinism after World War Two. Click here to download pdf.


How Marxists registered and learned from - or failed to register and learn from - the great expansion of Stalinism after World War Two.

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Workers' Liberty 3/11: 1917 - revolution for freedom and equality

The Russian Revolution, the Stalinist counter-revolution, and the working class (Analyses from Labor Action and The New International, 1942 to 1957)
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The Left in Disarray: study guide

1. Stalinist roots
Read: Introduction and first part of "Stalinism has not been buried yet", pages 8 to 73.
Background or further reading: Russian Revolution book, chapter 10. Trotsky, Revolution Betrayed.

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"Philby stuttered... 'Whatever Stalin does - that is the left!'... It is a statement that sums up an entire epoch in the history of the world and of the left" - p.20

Study guide for "The Left in Disarray", published June 2017.

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