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First Meeting

The first meeting of the Cambridge Trotsky reading group, looking at the Theory of Uneven and Combined Development will take place at 6pm on Monday 24th January in the OCR, St Catharine’s College.

All welcome!

Preliminary Reading List

Week I – The Theory of Uneven and Combined Development

Primary:

Trotsky (1932) History of the Russian Revolution, Chapter 1 – ‘The Peculiarities of Russian Development

Trotsky (1928) The Third International after Lenin, Part I

Secondary:

David J. Romagnolo (1975) ‘The So-Called “Law” of Uneven and Combined Development’, Latin American Perspectives, 2(1): 1-31.

Week 2 – The Strategy of Permanent Revolution

Antecedents:

Parvus (1905) ‘Our Tasks‘ in Richard B. Day and Daniel Gaido (translators) Witness to the Permanent Revolution: The Documentary Record (Historical Materialism Book Series, Brill 2010)

Trotsky (1905) ‘Social Democracy and Revolution‘ in Richard B. Day and Daniel Gaido (translators) Witness to the Permanent Revolution: The Documentary Record (Historical Materialism Book Series, Brill 2010)

Formulations:

Trotsky (1931) The Permanent Revolution‘Introduction to the First (Russian) Edition’

Week 3 – Imperialism and the First World War

Trotsky (1914) ‘War and the International’, Preface

Trotsky (1915) ‘Nation and Economy’

Trotsky (1939) ‘Lenin on Imperialism’

Week 4 – On Violence and Terrorism

Primary:

Trotsky (1920) Terrorism and Communism: A Reply to Kautsky

Secondary:

‘Introduction’ in Slavoj Zizek Presents Trotsky: Terrorism and Communism (Verso, 2010).

Week 5 – On Fascism

Primary:

Trotsky (1933) ‘What is National Socialism?’

Trotsky (1934) ‘Bonapartism and Fascism’

Secondary:

Wistrich, Robert (1976) ‘Leon Trotsky’s Theory of Fascism’, Journal of Contemporary History, 11(4):pp. 157-184.

Week 6 – On the Soviet Union

Primary:

Trotsky (1936) The Revolution Betrayed, Chapter 5 & 9, 11

Secondary:

Anderson, Perry (1983) ‘Trotsky’s Interpretation of Stalinism’, New Left Review, (I)139: pp. 49-58

Week 7 – On Art, Literature and Morality

Primary:

Trotsky, ‘Questions of Culture, Literature, Art, Morals’ in Isaac Deutscher (ed) The Age of Permanent Revolution: A Trotsky Anthology, pp. 299-331

Secondary:

Deutscher, Isaac (1959) The Prophet Unarmed: Trotsky, 1921-1929, Chapter 3 ‘Not by Politics Alone’

Week 8 – Contemporary Extensions

Rosenberg, Justin (1996) ‘Isaac Deutscher and the Lost History of International Relations’, New Left Review(I) 215: 3–15. Can be found at http://www.justinrosenberg.webspace.virginmedia.com/Uneven/Writings.html

Barker, Colin (2006) ‘Beyond Trotsky: Extending Combined and Uneven Development’ in Bill Dunn and Hugo Radice (eds) 100 years of Permanent Revolution: Results and Prospects (London: Pluto),78–87.

Rosenberg, Justin (2010) ‘Basic problems in the Theory of Uneven and Combined Development. Part II: Unevenness and Political Multiplicity’, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 23: 1, 165-189. Can be found at http://www.justinrosenberg.webspace.virginmedia.com/Uneven/Writings.html

Links

www.unevenandcombined.com

www.trotskyana.net

www.historicalmaterialism.org

www.brill.nl/hm


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