By John Riddell
Debates at global Communism’s 1921 congress display Lenin’s overseas at a second of hindrance. 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 street to the progressive conquest of strength. A frank debate between many currents concludes with a vintage formula of Communist technique and strategies. Thirty-two appendices, many by no means earlier 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 way of an analytic creation, targeted 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 stream within the period of the Russian revolution, akin to towards the United entrance: lawsuits of the Fourth Congress of the Communist foreign, 1922 (Brill, 2012). one more Brill quantity now in instruction will whole this bold project.
All these drawn to Communist and labour heritage, the political thought of radical hobbies, worldwide efforts at social switch, and pursuits for colonial and women’s emancipation.
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Extra info for To the Masses: Proceedings of the Third Congress of the Communist International, 1921
2011, pp. 119–65, especially 147–9 and 159–64. Levi refers to Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, ‘The Alliance of Socialist Democracy and the International Working Men’s Association’, Collected Works (hereinafter MECW), 23, pp. 454–580. Re Levi’s expulsion, see IML-SED 1966, pp. 456–8. For a comment by Zetkin on the meaning of ‘putschism’, see p. 299. 49. Degras 1971, 1, pp. 217–18. Editorial Introduction • 23 publish his critique but rather to seek rectification through the ECCI and the coming world congress.
Zinoviev responded that this would be taken up in due course during discussion of this topic. This did not satisfy the French leaders, who pressed their case. A heated exchange took place, in which Radek and Kun made provocative remarks. The French delegation thereupon left the meeting in protest. Firsov 1975, p. 381; Hájek and Mejdrová 1997, pp. 320–2; Lenin 1958–65, Polnoe sobranie sochinenii (hereinafter PSS), 52, p. 269. For the Czechoslovak statement, see p. 494, n. 18. 72. See pp. 221–7 (Zinoviev 13 June report); Firsov 1975, p.
He also clarified this initiative by explaining the concept of transitional demands, which had arisen earlier in the German mass movement but whose codification was a central political achievement of the congress. 59 Three non-Russian Communists also shaped the congress debates: Zetkin, the absent Paul Levi, and the mostly silent Béla Kun. Zetkin was the object of intense personal denigration by some leftist delegates, who sought to undermine her political reputation (see Appendices 2e, 57. See Trotsky’s ‘Zametki dlia sebia’ in Drabkin et al.
To the Masses: Proceedings of the Third Congress of the Communist International, 1921 by John Riddell