ISBN 9788189833350,Reinterrogating the Classical Marxist Discourses of Revolutionary Democracy

Reinterrogating the Classical Marxist Discourses of Revolutionary Democracy


Soma Marik


Aakar Books



Aakar Books

Publication Year 2009

ISBN 9788189833350

ISBN-10 8189833359


Number of Pages 537 Pages
Language (English)


Not that this collapse and the restoration of capitalism had not been foreseen by some Marxists. They had - Leon Trotsky himself being the most prominent among the forecasters. But the ignominious end of the Soviet Union less than 75 years after the 1917 Russian Revolution led neverthless to a strong questioning of the validity of the programmatic views that sustained the Russian experience. This questioning is undoubtedly legitimate in view of the historical balance-sheet and must therefore be addressed. Soma Marik's well-researched work is a most welcome and useful contribution to this huge and crucial theoretical undertaking. While defending the essentials of Classical Marxism as well as those ofthe Bolshevik legacy up to the turning point on 1921, while confronting all the time the programmatic pronouncements with the unfolding of the "really existing" revolutionary experience, the author sympathises with Rosa Luxemburg's famous critique of her Russian fellow revolutionaries, a critique that has been vindicated by History. -Gilbert Achcar, editor of The Legacy of Ernest Mandel, author of The Clash of Barbarisms: September 11 and the Making of the New World Disorder and Eastern Cauldron. This book will be of great interest to all students, researchers and practitioners of women's movement. It unfolds, within the delineation of Marxist Socialist movement, the debates and practical organizational steps taken up around the ever-present 'Women's question'. It will help to lift the veil of unfamiliarity that still shrouds our awareness of the International Socialist Movement in the West. The book argues strongly against bureaucratization of the Communist movement that killed much of the lively gender issues addressed in early phases of the Socialist and Communist movement. Apart from the well-known texts of Marx, Engels and August Bebel the book discusses at length the writings of Clara Zetkin and Alexandra Kollontai and Armand, not to mention many of the lesser know