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Trotsky and Pablo – a couple of interesting pamphlets

November 13, 2016

A couple of old pamphlets which recently came our way.

trotsky-coverFirst up Trotsky – On the road to the European Revolution

Billed as the first edition in England, this is a reprint of a 1924 Trotsky speech and first appeared in Intercontinental Press in April / May 1969 which dates this pamphlet to shortly after that.

The pamphlet is published by J. Roberts, Literary Manager, Chelsea College Socialist Society.


Then we have Pablo- In Defence of the Algerian Revolutionpablo-cover

This was published by the Ceylon Socialist Students Union in the United Kingdom and gives both WIR Publications (Militant) and the International Bookshop in Nottingham as distributors.



2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike permalink
    November 13, 2016 5:38 pm

    The Trotsky speech is also available in two parts on the Intercontinental Press archive, for April 28th and May 5th 1969.

    It appears to be the same, including the introduction which would have probably been written either by the translator (“George Saunders” actually the US musician/composer George Perle) or the editor (Joseph Hansen), though there are some amusing typographical errors.

    However it hasn’t been transcribed for the Marxist Internet Archive list of Trostky’s works for 1924
    and would make a valuable addition there, especially the lengthy section on the first shortlived Labour government of Ramsey Macdonald formed a few months earlier (and ignominiously collapsing and losing the General Election on the back of the issue of prosecution of communist leader John Campbell and the forged ‘Zinoviev Letter’) . This critique of Trotsky’s was to be developed further in ‘Where is Britain Going?’ in the next year of 1925 and republished after the General Strike of 1926 (the last work of Trotsky’s to be published by the Communist Party of Great Britain before its complete stalinisation).

    Tiflis where the speech was made is now better known as Tbilisi, capital of the now independent state of Georgia.

    Chelsea College of Science and Technology whose socialist society is credited with the publishing of this as a pamphlet in Britain, was in 1969 part of the University of London having had a long history as a an early ‘polytechnic’ type of institution. It no longer exists having relocated and merged with the well-known King’s College in the 1980s. It is not to be confused with the then Chelsea College of Arts, which it separated from in 1957 and which was then controlled by the Inner London Education Authority and still exists today as part of the University of the Arts London. It is probable that the Chelsea College of Science and Technology Socialist Society was linked to the Revolutionary Socialist Student Federation, established in 1968, which the IMG and Fourth International were active in at the time.

  2. jplant1 permalink
    November 13, 2016 8:50 pm

    Excellent finds. I have had the Algeria it

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