China's Urban Revolutionaries
Explorations in the History of Chinese Trotskyism, 1921-1952
By (author) Gregor Benton
China's Urban Revolutionaries by Gregor Benton
Book DescriptionChinese Trotskyism was the most creative and influential opposition to emerge within the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) between its founding and its taking power in 1949. It included Chen Duxiu, founder and early leader of the CCP, whose ideas have inspired generations of Chinese youth, including those involved in the events of 1989. Many workers, writers, and veteran revolutionaries who had been alienated from the CCP after 1927 by the policies of Stalin and his Chinese followers were also drawn into the Trotskyist ranks. This study traces the origins and history of Chinese Trotskyism from 1921 through 1952. Based on interviews, letters, archives, memoirs, and published and unpublished sources in many languages, it is organised thematically. Gregor Benton elucidates the complex and novel issues in clear and vigorous language, throwing new light on old questions concerning the Chinese Revolution and the nature of Maoism, as well as China's modern history. The Chinese Trotskyists are worth studying both as powerful mirror to the official party and in their own right, as progenitors of today's tradition of democratic dissent. Their story will interest historians of modern China and of communism, as well as students of radical political movements everywhere.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781573923620
(230mm x 155mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Prometheus Books
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publish Date: 1-Feb-1996
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Gregor Benton
Prophets Unarmed: Chinese Trotskyists in Revolution, War, Jail, and the Return from Limbo, Paperback (July 2016)
Drawing on numerous oral history interviews with survivors, this study of Chinese Trotskyism is exhaustive and groundbreaking.
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