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The Two Trotskys: Introduction to The Two Trotskyisms Confront Stalinism

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Sean Matgamna

"The Two Trotskyisms Confront Stalinism" surveys and documents for the first time the formative debates in the 1940s between the two main strands into which Trotskyism divided.

By the end of his life, there were different and conflicting strands in Trotsky's political thought. In World War 2 "Orthodox" Trotskyism built on one strand at the cost of screening out more fundamental ideas.

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Reviews and comments on The Two Trotskyisms

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Read reviews and comments on "The Two Trotskyisms Confront Stalinism"

Reviews and comments on the book by Paul Hampton, Paul Le Blanc, Ed Strauss, Ed Maltby, Andrew Coates, Herman Benson, Robert Fine, Steve Bloom, Duncan Morrison, Tom O'Lincoln, David Finkel, Gemma Short, Steve Bloom in reply, Paul Buhle, D R O'Connor Lysaght, Ed Maltby in reply, Steve Bloom in further response, Jason Schulman

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Contents of "The two Trotskyisms confront Stalinism: the fate of the Russian Revolution, volume 2"

The book contains a substantial introduction, 12 chapters of debates and confrontations over the big issues of the 1940s, a chapter on the working class and socialism, and seven classic essays

See below for contents (as in second edition, December 2015, 798 pages)

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This book is really about now

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Ed Strauss

Ed Strauss reviews The Two Trotskyisms Confront Stalinism

The book is an amazing textbook. As a young student in the 1950s, I was reading some of the documents which are in the collection, I was coming in at the tail-end of some of these debates; but we had nothing like this.

The Two Trotskyisms Confront Stalinism is not just a scholarly work about distant, long-ago arguments — it traces the development of patterns of thought and behaviour that shape how our movement thinks and works today.

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Orthodox Trotskyism reshaped Trotsky's ideas

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Ed Maltby

Paul Le Blanc’s review of The Two Trotskyisms Confront Stalinism: Fate of the Russian Revolution volume 2 (Solidarity 388) is a thoughtful and detailed piece.

Le Blanc defends The Two Trotskyisms against some on the left who deride the book as pointless obsessing over long-ago spats. He is right to do it: such complaints remind one of Homer Simpson, who, warned that he’s late for English class, sneers “Pff! English, who needs that? I’m never going to England!”

Ed Maltby discusses Paul Le Blanc's review of "The Two Trotskyisms".

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"A genuine service for scholars and activists"

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Paul Le Blanc

With the publication of two fat volumes of documents under the heading “The Fate of the Russian Revolution,” under the editorship of Sean Matgamna, the Workers’ Liberty current in Britain has performed a genuine service for scholars and activists.

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Paul Le Blanc, a Marxist writer based in the USA, comments on the two volumes of "The Fate of the Russian Revolution"

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Read Trotsky, Shachtman, and Cannon

If you're studying "The Two Trotskyisms", take this chance to obtain and read some of what the main figures in the movement wrote.

If you're studying "The Two Trotskyisms", take this chance to obtain and read some of what the main figures in the movement wrote.

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The Fate of the Russian Revolution, volume 1. Introduction

Author: 

Sean Matgamna

The introduction to "The Fate of the Russian Revolution, volume 1" (published in 1998) sets the perspective and the framework for the documentation in "The Fate", volume 2, of how two distinct strands of Trotskyism developed through responses to the survival and expansion of Stalinism in the 1940s.

The introduction to "The Fate of the Russian Revolution, volume 1" (published in 1998) sets the perspective and the framework for the documentation and discussion in "The Fate", volume 2.

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Beyond the fragments of the Trotskyist movement

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Paul Hampton

Why is the revolutionary left today in such a mess? Why are the politics of the SWP, the Socialist Party, the various Fourth Internationals and most of the splinters, grouplets and fragments so incoherent?

A review by Paul Hampton of The Two Trotskyisms confront Stalinism, edited by Sean Matgamna.

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Study Guide for The two Trotskyisms confront Stalinism

A study guide for our new book The fate of the Russian Revolution volume 2: The two Trotskyisms confront Stalinism is now available.

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Study guide for our new book The two Trotskyisms confront Stalinism

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