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In the wake of the popular revolutions which have overthrown Stalinist regimes in Eastern Europe, Alex Callinicos reconsiders the socialist tradition founded in opposition to Stalinism by Trotsky. Trotsky argued that Stalinism represented a betrayal of the principles of the October Revolution and sought to create a movement capable of rescuing the Marxist tradition.l Alex ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published December 1st 1990 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published November 28th 1990)
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John Levi Masuli
Aug 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
The terseness exudes an impression that this is meant to be a pamphlet; yet, many ideas, sudden refutations, apologies and jargonizing were crammed into place. Many arguments are not that convincing, especially the ones that require deft and precise polemics. The language used is not much difficult, but it seems to me that this book was created for Trotskyists rather than for casual pedestrians and their bedfellows.
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Okuduktan sonra Troçkist olmadığıma tekrar memnun olduğum kitap. Sosyalist hareketin toplamı içindeki epey küçük oranına rağmen özellikle küçükburjuva entelektüeli çevrelerde önemli bir etki doğuran Troçkizm içindeki akımları ana hatlarıyla ortaya koyan kitabın özellikle giriş kısmındaki Marksizm-Leninizm için dallanmaları anlattığı kısım önemli.
Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: politics, marxism
It provides a good outline of the development of Trotskyist thought, however it seems lacking in certain areas. For example it seems like Callinicos could have easily elaborated on the finer points of the theories he was trying to counter. It would have also been better if it didn't turn into Callinisco writing more about Cliff and his theory of state capitalism than all the other analyses of the Soviet Union combined. Other than that, the brief but barely sufficient explanations of these other ...more
Feb 27, 2007 rated it it was ok
Callinicos' summary of the history of Trotskyism is a good, short read. It tends to breeze through what should be more in-depth criticisms of orthodox Trotskyist thought, and tends to be more than a little partisan for Tony Cliff's theory of state capitalism, but is a decent baseline of the intellectual history of Trotsky's followers.
Amy Rose
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
A short, but informative look at Trotsky, his followers and the evolution of his theory. I would have appreciated the book more if Callinicos had given a more in-depth explanation of Trotsky's beliefs. To understand what Trotsky believed is,it is necessary to read between the lines and draw conclusions when reading this book.
Jun 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
cute little history of the trotskyist movement. breaks everything out into a slick centerfold chart--very necessary, as this is really confusing stuff, all of the workers' parties and vanguards to restore the international, and so on.
Aug 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: politics, history
this is a great book about trotsky's life, after he was exiled from russia, and the history of trotskyism. i really enjoyed callinicos's writing style. Moreover, i found his book highly informative.
Dan Sharber
Jun 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: marxism, own
great book explaining what happened to trotsky after he was exiled from russia as well as what happened to all the trotskyist sects from then until now.
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Alexander Theodore Callinicos, a descendant through his mother of Lord Acton, is a political theorist and Director of the Centre for European Studies at King's College London. He holds both a BA and a DPhil from Oxford University.
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