Witnesses to Permanent Revolution: The Documentary Record

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Richard B. Day, Daniel Gaido
BRILL, 2009 - Social Science - 682 pages
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The theory of Permanent Revolution has been associated with Leon Trotsky for more than a century since the first Russian Revolution in 1905. Trotsky was the most brilliant proponent of Permanent Revolution but by no means its sole author. The documents in this volume, most of them translated into English for the first time, demonstrate that Trotsky was one of several participants in a debate from 1903-1907 that involved numerous leading figures of Russian and European Marxism. This volume reassembles that debate, assesses it with reference to Marx and Engels, and provides new evidence for interpreting the formative years of Russian revolutionary Marxism.
  

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Contents

Introduction The Historical Origin of the Expression Permanent Revolution
1
Chapter One The Slavs and Revolution 1902 Karl Kautsky
59
Chapter Two The Draft Programme of Iskra and the Tasks of Russian Social Democrats 1903 N Ryazanov
67
Chapter Three Orthodox Pedantry 1903 GV Plekhanov
135
1903 Revised edition June 1906 Karl Kautsky
169
Chapter Five Revolutionary Questions February 1904 Karl Kautsky
187
Chapter Six What Was Accomplished on the Ninth of January January 1905 Parvus
251
Chapter Seven Up to the Ninth of January 1905 Leon Trotsky
273
Chapter Fourteen The Revolution in Permanence 1 November 1905 Franz Mehring
457
Chapter Fifteen The Next Questions of our Movement September 1905 N Ryazanov
465
Chapter Sixteen Our Tasks 13 November 1905 Parvus
479
Chapter Seventeen Foreword to Karl Marx Parizhskaya Kommuna December 1905 Leon Trotsky
497
Chapter Eighteen The Russian Revolution 20 December 1905 Rosa Luxemburg
521
Chapter Nineteen Old and New Revolution December 1905 Karl Kautsky
529
Chapter Twenty The SansCulottes of the French Revolution 1889 reprinted December 1905 Karl Kautsky
537
Chapter TwentyOne The Role of the Bourgeoisie and the Proletariat in the Russian Revolution Speech to the Fifth London Congress of the Russian S ...
543

What Next? Munich 20 January 2 February 1905 Leon Trotsky
333
Chapter Nine The Revolution in Russia 28 January 1905 Rosa Luxemburg
353
Chapter Ten After the First Act 4 February 1905 Rosa Luxemburg
365
Chapter Eleven The Consequences of the Japanese Victory and Social Democracy July 1905 Karl Kautsky
373
Chapter Twelve Introduction to Ferdinand Lassalles Speech to the Jury July 1905 Leon Trotsky
409
Chapter Thirteen Social Democracy and Revolution 25 November 12 November 1905 Leon Trotsky
447
Chapter TwentyTwo The Driving Forces of the Russian Revolution and Its Prospects November 1906 Karl Kautsky
567
Chapter TwentyThree The American Worker February 1906 Karl Kautsky
609
References
663
Index
679
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Richard B. Day, Ph. D. (1970), University of London, is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Toronto, Canada. He has published extensively on Soviet economic and political history, including Leon Trotsky and the Politics of Economic Isolation (Cambridge, 1973).Daniel F. Gaido, Ph.D. (2000), University of Haifa (Israel), is a researcher at the National Research Council (Conicet), Argentina. He is the author of The Formative Period of American Capitalism (Routledge, 2006) and is currently working on the history of German Social Democracy.

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