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This history of the Communist (Third) International, from its beginnings in 1919 as the center of world revolution through its degeneration at the hands of the Stalinist bureaucracy, draws out lessons valid today to the work of building bridges to unite and rebuild a Left capable of fighting for radical social change.

Paperback, 220 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by HAYMARKET BOOKS
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This book is probably the only one of its kind - a history of the Comintern out of a genuine revolutionary perspective. In a relatively short account of the political events of the 1920s and 30s, Duncan Hallas traces the ups and motsly downs of the organisation, which was supposed to help Communism take over the world.
Very good and clear Trotskyist view on the history of Comintern, but it might be worth to combine with Peter Hopkirk's Setting the East Ablaze and David McKNight's Espionage and the Roots of the Cold War (the history of Comintern's intelligence) to get the broader picture
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Duncan Hallas was a prominent member of the Trotskyist movement and a leading member of the Socialist Workers Party in Great Britain. Born into a working class family in Manchester, Duncan Hallas joined the Trotskyist Workers International League while still a young worker during World War II. Conscripted into the army in 1943 he was involved in the great mutiny in Egypt after the end of the War.

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