Toward the United Front: Proceedings of the Fourth Congress by John Riddell

By John Riddell

John Riddell (ed. & tr.)

The lawsuits of the final Comintern congress within which Lenin participated, finally on hand in English, finds a Communist global circulate grappling to reconcile the target of unifying staff and colonial humans in fight with that of urgent ahead to socialist revolution. the primary of nationwide parties’ autonomy lines opposed to demands extra stringent centralization. Debates diversity over the delivery of Fascism, the decay of the Versailles Treaty procedure, the increase of colonial revolution, and women’s emancipation. Newly translated and richly annotated, the stenographic transcript of the month-long congress discloses a wealthy spectrum of viewpoints between delegates. critical resource fabric on early Communism is supplemented by way of an analytic creation, unique footnotes, greater than 500 brief biographies, word list, chronology, and index.


Riddell has right here pulled off a big and masterful editorial attempt, evaluating previous guides of those complaints within the 4 major languages of the Comintern – English, French, German and Russian … The paintings serious about clarifying the variations among texts, offering extra exact annotation, and correcting the misspelling of names and offering suitable biographical information is tremendous, and may earn the gratitude of generations of students for a few years to come.
—Alexander Marshall, Marx and Philosophy evaluate of Books

We can be very thankful to John Riddell and his group of collaborators for making to be had, for the 1st time in a whole English model, the mins of the Fourth Congress of the Comintern … [F]or someone looking to comprehend the historical past of the 20 th century [Toward the United entrance] might be a useful paintings of reference, and no library with pretensions to severe ancient insurance could be with no it …
—Ian Birchall, overseas Socialism

"John Riddell’s towards the United entrance: complaints of the Fourth Congress of the Communist overseas is a massive paintings of scholarship within the culture of David Riazanov. The e-book is a awesome paperback of 1,300 pages, however it repays studying: it's a handbook for progressive socialist technique, within the phrases of a lot of its best representatives."
—Paul Hampton, Worker's Liberty

"John Riddell is to be congratulated on assembling this fantastic quantity ... Beg, borrow or do what you want to to get a replica and browse it. Its measurement might sound intimidating yet I completely loved examining it from hide to cover.”
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204–32, 293–8. For Zetkin’s role, see Riddell 2009. 55. See pp. 1167 (December 1921 ECCI resolution), 129 (Zinoviev), 1159–62 (Theses on Tactics). 56 The notion of a coalition régime of workers’ parties reminded many Communists of the SPD-USPD provisional government established by Germany’s November 1918 Revolution, which had suppressed the revolutionary workers’ movement. But conditions had changed in Germany. 58 It was in this context that some Communists proposed that the goal of workers’ power be expressed in the call for a government of workers’ organisations, committed to a fight to disarm the bourgeois counter-revolution and to strengthen the working class.

62 Fiction, pseudonym, or transition? Zinoviev’s opening report for the ECCI included a brief passage on the workers’ government slogan. Warning against using the slogan ‘in a general way’, he restricted its use to situations where ‘the relationship of forces brings to the fore the question of power’. The final text of the resolution on this question, by contrast, endorsed its use ‘almost everywhere’. He described the workers’ government both as a ‘transitional stage’ and as an ‘application of the dictatorship of the proletariat’.

160). Thanks to Victor Granovsky for alerting me to this comment. 88. See pp. 800–7 (Billings), 807–10 (McKay), 947–50 (resolution on blacks). Editorial Introduction • 33 dance at discussions on the East. Delegations from thirteen countries, including three in Europe, presented a collective protest. Even Safarov protested the ‘passivity’ displayed by ‘a considerable sector’ of the congress. Responses from the Presidium (responsible for organising the congress agenda) were dismissive: Kolarov said that, for Eastern issues, discussions in the Commission were enough, implying they were of no great import.

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