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Karl Radek on China: Documents from the Former Secret Soviet Archives (Historical Materialism) (Paperback)


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This collection of documents, sealed for years in Stalin's secret archives, gathers some of Karl Bernhardovich Radek's most important contributions to the early Soviet debates about China and its working-class. Radek (1885-1939) was the foremost Soviet specialist on China, a leading activist in the Russian revolutionary movement, and a leader of the Trotskyist Opposition. In these letters, articles, and minutes he presents an original conception of the history of China from ancient times to the twentieth century, as well as a delineation of the fundamental political problems of China in the 1920s. The appendices also contain communications between Trotsky and Radek, as well as the Chronological Information of Zionviev and Trotsky, outlining the most important stages of the struggle of the United Left Opposition against the Stalinist majority in the All-Union Commuist Party regarding problems of the first Chinese revolution.

None of the documents collected here have ever been published in English.

About the Author

Alexander V. Pantsov is Professor of History and the holder of the Edward and Mary Catherine Gerhold Chair in the Humanities at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio. He has published fifteen books and numerous book chapters and articles on China and Russia. Among them are The Bolsheviks and the Chinese Revolution 1919-1927 (University of Hawai'i Press), Mao: The Real Story (Simon & Schuster), Deng Xiaoping: A Revolutionary Life (Oxford University Press), and Ardent Patriot: Chiang Kai-shek and the National Revolution in China (forthcoming).
Product Details
ISBN: 9781642595994
ISBN-10: 1642595993
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Publication Date: December 23rd, 2021
Pages: 510
Language: English
Series: Historical Materialism