Book Presentation: The German-Dutch Communist Left from its Origins to 1968

The 3rd, revised Edition in French (June 2018)

Back cover text

The German-Dutch Communist Left, represented by the German KAPD and AAUD, the Dutch KAPN and the Bulgarian Communist Workers Party, separated from the Comintern in September 1921 because of principled disagreements on all important questions: parliamentarism, syndicalism, united fronts, the Bolshevik party-state using anti-proletarian violence (Kronstadt). This radical current had the audacity to assert that it was not the “communist party”, but the workers’ councils that constituted the finally discovered form of the proletarian dictatorship, and thereby of the communist transformation. It attracted the ire of Lenin, who wrote in June 1920 his famous book on left extremism, “Left-wing” Communism: An Infantile Disorder, (1) to which Herman Gorter delivered a slashing response in his pamphlet Open letter to comrade Lenin. (2)

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A political History of the German-Dutch communist Left (Preface)

The Author’s Introduction to the new Edition (Prepublication)

Despite the theoretical and political renown of Gorter and Pannekoek in the international labor movement, the Communist Left in the Nether­lands is the least known of the left currents that emerged within the II. International, and later joined the Communist International. Their exclu­sion in 1921 from the Komintern wrapped the names that had symbolized the most intransigent internationalism in a veil of oblivion.

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Book Review: “In Search of Rosa’s Heritage”

The German Marxist Willy Huhn (1909 – 1970)

Jochen Gester

Auf der Suche nach Rosas Erbe. Der deutsche Marxist Willy Huhn (1909-1970)

Die Buchmacherei, Berlin, 2017, German.

Paperback, 628p. + CD 207p. (Pdf); 22,-. ISBN 978-3-00-056463-5. Orders via Die Buchmacherei, with postal charges.

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On the Bookshelves: ‘Envers et contre tout’

From the Left Opposition to the Foundation of the ‘Union Communiste’ (France, 1924 – 1939)

Presentation by the Author

Presenting a work is always hazardous. This work was, at its beginning, about writing the history of the Left Opposition in a period in which the international revolution had been defeated in 1921 – 1923, a defeat that has been continued by the eradication of the revolutionaries in Russia and everywhere else in the world, including China.

Our historical saga concludes with the birth of the ‘Union Communiste’ (“Communist Union”) who represents the bundling in France of the internationalist communists.

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From the Bookshelf

Collectif d’édition Smolny

BOUKHARINE, OSSINSKI, RADEK, SMIRNOV : La Revue Kommunist (Moscou, 1918) Les communistes de gauche contre le capitalisme d’État

Collectif d’édition Smolny, 2011. Texts translated from Russian into French by Julia Gousseva

408 p. Paperback, 14 x 21 cm, €20,-. ISBN 978-2-9528276-3-8.

Helen Caldicott

Crisis Without End. The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe

The New Press (New York), 2014

256 p. Hardcover 5.5 x 8.25 in, $26.95. ISBN 978-1-59558-960-6.

Philippe Bourrinet

The Dutch and German Communist Left (1900-68). Neither Lenin nor Trotsky nor Stalin!’ – ‘All Workers Must Think for Themselves!’

Brill (Leiden/ Boston), 2016

639 p. Hardback, incl. 52 (color) illustrations, €210/$252. ISBN 978-90-04-26977-4.

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