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Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky

Writings in Exile

by Leon Trotsky

Edited by Kunal Chattopadhyay and Paul Le Blanc

Series: Get Political

Exiled in Mexico, Trotsky pens his most honest and insightful essays.
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. Thrown out of Russia by Stalin, Trotsky settled in Mexico, and turned to the only weapon he had left – words. In these writings he defends the 1917 Bolshevik 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.

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).

Paul Le Blanc is a long-time activist and Professor of History at La Roche College, Pennsylvania. He is the author of many books, including Lenin and the Revolutionary Party, From Marx to Gramsci and The Living Flame: The Revolutionary Passion of Rosa Luxemburg.

'Out of the vast ideological arsenal he produced, Trotsky always considered that his most important works were those from his years in exile, which remain essential reading for those seeking to bring about fundamental change today' - Esteban Volkow, Grandson of Leon Trotsky and President of the Board, Leon Trotsky House Museum, Coyoacan, Mexico 'This bracing book provides theoretical nourishment for our times. Trotsky continues to educate and inspire, his flame refuses to be extinguished' - Suzi Weissman 'Leon Trotsky's ideas inspired Minnesota teamsters and Bolivian miners, Filipino peasants from Mindanao and rebel students in the Latin Quarter, New York intellectuals and French Surrealist poets' - Michael Löwy
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
Published by Pluto Press in Feb 2012
Paperback ISBN: 9780745331485
eBook ISBN: 9781849646352

248 pages

135mm x 215mm