Leon Trotsky was a key political figure of the twentieth century - a leader of the Russian Revolution, founder of the Red Army, author of books on literature, history, morality and politics. Leon Trotsky: Writings in Exile contains some of his most insightful and penetrating works. Exiled and isolated by Stalin, Trotsky used the only weapon he had left - words. In these writings he defends the 1917 revolution, warns prophetically of fascism and analyses anti-colonial movements in the global south. This collection gives a sense of the real Trotsky - passionate, humanist, Marxist. It will introduce the writings of one of history's great revolutionaries to a new generation.
Leon Trotsky was one of the most prominent leaders of the Russian Revolution in 1917. He was one of the primary contenders for the leadership of the Bolshevik Party in 1922 after the death of Lenin. When Stalin took this post, Trotsky swiftly concluded that the Revolution had been undermined. He was expelled from the Communist Party in 1927 and subsequently went into exile in Mexico, where he was assassinated by Soviet agents in 1940. Kunal Chattopadhyay is Professor at the Department of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University. He is the author of The Marxism of Leon Trotsky (2006).
Contents Introduction Section 1: Revolutionary Russia and Bureaucratic Dictatorship 1. In Defense of October 2. Stalinism and Bolshevism 3. Letter to Soviet Workers Section 2: Fascism and United Front 4. What Is National Socialism 5. Letter to a German Worker (United Front for Defense) 6. Lessons of Spain Section 3: Anti-Imperialism and National Struggle 7. Closer to the Proletarians of Colored Races 8. The Chinese Revolution 9. Letter to the Workers of India 10. Mexico and British Imperialism 11. Nationalized Industry 12. On Black Nationalism (excerpts) Section 4: Summing Up, Looking to the Future 13. Transitional Program (excerpts) 14. Trade Unions in the Epoch of Imperialist Decay 15. Testament Notes Index