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The Left in History

Revolution and Reform in Twentieth-Century Politics
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ISBN-13:
9781783719440
Einband:
EPUB
Seiten:
288
Autor:
Willie Thompson
Serie:
Pluto Press
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
eBook Format:
EPUB
Kopierschutz:
2 - DRM Adobe
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Introduction
Part 1 Mainstreams

1. The Matrix

2. Leninism and Stalinism

3. Actually Existing Socialism

4. The Fragments

5. Social Democracy

Part 2 Alternatives

6. Trotskyism, Maoism, Eurocommunism

7. New Left, New Social Forces

Conclusion: The Winter Landscape

Notes

Bibliography

Index
The political tradition loosely termed 'the left' has been brought to crisis point as the twentieth century draws to a close. In this cohesive and wide-ranging study, Willie Thompson charts the history of the left, from its origins in the French Revolution to the present crisis. The schisms between revolution and reform which have so characterised the left and which have determined its shape as a world movement during the twentieth century, are described and analysed in detail.*BR**BR*Thompson focuses on the principal currents, including the rise and fall of Bolshevism, Leninism and Stalinism; the embrace and subsequent abandonment of Marxist rhetoric by former Soviet allies in the Third World; European social democracy; and 'actually existing socialism' in states such as China and Cuba. The impact of 'alternatives' to the mainstream - Trotskyism, Maoism and Eurocommunism - is assessed, and the potential for the New Left and postwar social forces such as feminism, environmentalism and 'identity' politics to facilitate renewal is evaluated. *BR**BR*Thompson concludes that if the left is to play any part in addressing the unfinished agenda of the post-1990s, then it must develop a clear understanding of the historical lessons that follow from its earlier embodiments.

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