Trotsky--brilliant publicist, enthusiastic speaker, organizer of the Red Army, eminent member of the Bolshevik Party during the first years of the Russian Revolution--has often been depicted as a romantic figure by biographers. Kostas Mavrakis does not see him in this light. Mavrakis submits Trotsky, his thought and work to a severe but fair critical examination. Among the issues reassessed by this controversial scholar are Trotsky's incapacity for concrete analysis, the 'economism' he shares with Stalin, his concepts of 'permanent revoluation' as compared with those of Lenin and Mao, his views and those of Stalin, on the Chinese Revolution, the fundamental traits of Trotskyism and of the different trotskyist organizations.
Table of Contents
1. Biographical Landmarks 2. An Atemporal Dogmatism 3. Trotsky’s Incapacity for Concrete Analysis 4. A Bureaucratic Anti-Bureaucratism 5. Revisionist Degeneration or Cultural Revolution 6. Stalin and Trotsky on the Chinese Revolution 7. The Defeat of the Greek Commmunists 8. Conclusion: The Fundamental Traits of Trotskyism 9. Critical Notes on Some Trotskyist Organisations Appendices 1. The USSR, Peaceful Co-Existence and Vietnam 2. The JCR in May-June 1968 3. Ch’En Tu-Hsiu’s Ideological Itinerary