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The Radical Tradition: A Study in Modern Revolutionary Thought

The Radical Tradition: A Study in Modern Revolutionary Thought (Hardback)

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Originally published in 1978, Richard Gombin's book traces the recurrent attitudes in the history of the European revolutionary movement which have criticized socialist and communist parties for their authoritarian and bureaucratic tendencies, and which have stressed spontaneity and decentralization as the correct basis from which to change society. From a critique of Marx, through to an examination of Soviet practice under Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin as a factor in the disillusionment of the left with the methods of the Russian Revolution, Gombin's study examines the concepts of 'workers' councils' as they emerged in several countries after the First World War. This comparative study develops the idea of a 'council communism' as opposed to a 'party communism' which, he suggests, is the fundamental concept in the criticism of orthodox Communism from the left.

History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450/1500History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalModern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural history Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd Publication Date: 15/10/2009 ISBN-13: 9780415568081  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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