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The Defence of Terrorism (Routledge Revivals)

Terrorism and Communism, 1st Edition

By Leon Trotsky

Routledge

17 pages

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The Defence of Terrorism, originally written in 1920 on a military train during the Russian Civil War, represents one of Trotsky’s most wide-ranging and original contributions to the debates that dominated the 1920s and ‘30s.

Trotsky’s intention is "far away from any thought of defending terrorism in general". Rather, he seeks to promote an historical justification for the Revolution, by demonstrating that history has set up the ‘revolutionary violence of the progressive class’ against the ‘conservative violence of the outworn classes’. The argument is developed in response to the influential Marxist intellectual Karl Kautsky, who refuted Trotsky’s ‘militarisation of labour’ and Lenin’s wholesale rejection of a ‘bloodless revolution’. The introduction, written for the second edition of 1935, presents Trotsky’s reflections on the similarities between Kautsky and the burgeoning British Labour Party: specifically, it recapitulates Trotsky’s belief that revolution conducted according to the norms of Parliamentarianism is no revolution at all.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The Balance of Power 2. The Dictatorship of the Proletariat 3. Democracy 4. Terrorism 5. The Paris Commune and Soviet Russia 6. Max and……Kautsky 7. The Working Class and its Soviet Policy 8. Problems of the Organisation of Labour 9. Karl Kautsky, His School, and His Book; In Place of an Epilogue

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS012000
HISTORY / Europe / Former Soviet Republics
HIS032000
HISTORY / Europe / Russia & the Former Soviet Union