a common reader

Leon Trotsky, The Revolution Betrayed

· 6 November 2010 |  by Maarten
· Published in: Boeken Maarten
· Tagged with: · · ·

Leon Trotsky, The Revolution BetrayedThe Revolution Betrayed

Leon Trotsky


Deze uitgave:
Dover Publications, 2004
233 pagina’s, paperback
isbn: 9780486433981

Herdruk van:
The Revolution Betrayed: What Is the Soviet Union and Where Is It Going?
Vertaald uit het Russisch: Преданная революция: Что такое СССР и куда он идет?
Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1937

One of Marxism’s most important texts, The Revolution Betrayed explores the fate of the Russian revolution after Lenin’s death. Written in 1936 and published the following year, this brilliant and profound evaluation of Stalinism from the Marxist standpoint prophesied the collapse of the Soviet Union and subsequent related events.

The effects of the October Revolution led to the establishment of a nationalized planned economy, demonstrating the practicality of socialism for the first time. By the early 1930s, however, the Soviet workers’ democracy had crumbled into a state of bureaucratic decay that ultimately gave rise to an infamous totalitarian regime. Trotsky employs facts, figures, and statistics to show how Stalinist policies rejected the enormous productive potential of the nationalized planned economy engendered by the October Revolution. Instead, a privileged bureaucratic social caste seized power and promoted a wasteful and corrupt bureaucratic system.

Six decades after the publication of this classic, the shattering of the Stalinist regime in Russia and Eastern Europe has confused and demoralized countless political activists. The Revolution Betrayed offers readers of every political persuasion an insider’s view of what went wrong.


Comments are closed.