By John Riddell
Debates at global Communism’s 1921 congress show Lenin’s overseas at a second of situation. A coverage of confrontational tasks by way of a resolute minority contends with the point of view of successful majority working-class help at the highway to the progressive conquest of energy. A frank debate between many currents concludes with a vintage formula of Communist process and strategies. Thirty-two appendices, many by no means sooner than released in any language, painting delegates’ behind-the-scenes exchanges. This newly translated treasure of 1,000 pages of resource fabric, on hand for the 1st time in English, is supplemented by means of an analytic advent, specified footnotes, a word list with 430 biographical entries, a chronology, and an index. the ultimate instalment of a 4,500-page sequence on Communist congresses in Lenin’s time.
John Riddell has translated and edited 8 volumes of files of the Communist move within the period of the Russian revolution, corresponding to towards the United entrance: lawsuits of the Fourth Congress of the Communist overseas, 1922 (Brill, 2012). a different Brill quantity now in instruction will entire this formidable project.
All these attracted to Communist and labour heritage, the political concept of radical activities, international efforts at social swap, and pursuits for colonial and women’s emancipation.
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Extra resources for To the Masses: Proceedings of the Third Congress of the Communist International, 1921
Trotsky’s report to Lenin on this session reflects the two leaders’ partnership during the congress (Appendix 4a). 57 Zinoviev shifted position during the congress visibly and significantly. His opening reports (Sessions 1 and 4) maintained that the congress’s central purpose was to combat the Right, a formula used to downplay criticism of leftism in the March Action and elsewhere. In Session 14, however, he acknowledged that he had changed his view, speaking of balanced left and right dangers in terms that Radek had previously identified to the Russian delegates as the Lenin-Trotsky viewpoint.
Broué 2005, p. 567. 84. See Appendix 3i, p. 1140. 85. See Appendix 3j, p. 1150. 38 • Editorial Introduction The congress decisions represented a turn away from the course of the ECCI in the months prior to the congress. The adopted resolutions implicitly broke from the ECCI’s previously exclusive emphasis on defeating the ‘right danger’, modified its wholesale rejection of the Italian Socialist Party, called off its drive to condemn the Šmeral leadership in Czechoslovakia, and repudiated the ‘offensive’ strategy pursued by its envoys in Germany before, during, and after the March Action.
2011b, 4WC, pp. 303–5. 101. See Broué 2005, p. 570 (finances).
To the Masses: Proceedings of the Third Congress of the Communist International, 1921 by John Riddell