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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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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.
Mar 10, 2016 Barış Yıldırım rated it it was ok · review of another edition
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.
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
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.
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.
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.