Trotsky's Biography of Stalin: Reconstructing a Masterpiece

Host/Sponsor: 
WellRed Books
Room: 
1.123
Timeslot: 
SATURDAY June 3rd Session 3: 3:30pm - 5:15pm
Abstract: 
On August 20, 1940, Leon Trotsky’s life was brutally ended when a Stalinist agent brought an ice pick crashing down on his head. Among the works left unfinished was the second part of his biography of the man who ordered his assassination. Wellred Books proudly presents a work eighty years in the making, Leon Trotsky's unfinished masterpiece: Stalin. Trotsky’s Stalin is unique in Marxist literature in that it attempts to explain some of the most decisive events of the 20th century, not just in terms of epoch-making economic and social transformations, but in the individual psychology of one of the protagonists in a great historical drama. It is a fascinating study of the way in which the peculiar character of an individual, his personal traits, and psychology, interacts with great events.
Reading List: 
http://www.socialist.net/trotsky-s-stalin-a-marxist-masterpiece.htm
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Tom
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Trottier
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
International Marxist Tendency
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Fred
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Weston
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
International Marxist Tendency
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Fred Weston has been an active Marxist for over forty years, first joining the Labour Party Young Socialists in the 1970s in Britain and immediately aligning with the Trotskyist Militant Tendency. He was also active for twenty years in the Italian labour movement from the late 1970s to the 1990s where he edited the journal of the Italian Marxists, presently known as "Sinistra Classe Rivoluzione". For the past twenty years he has been based in London where he edits the In Defence of Marxism website, www.marxist.com, the voice of the International Marxist Tendency (IMT). He has travelled widely around the world speaking at conferences in Brazil, Nigeria, Pakistan, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Britain and many others including Canada and the United States. He has also written many articles on varying subjects, including the IMT's analysis of China's return to capitalism, China's Long March to Capitalism, as well as working on many of the books published by WellRed Books, editing and proofreading.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Antonio
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Balmer
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
WellRed
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Antonio
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Balmer
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
WellRed Books
 

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