Histomat: Adventures in Historical Materialism

'Historical materialism is the theory of the proletarian revolution.' Georg Lukács

Tuesday, November 28, 2006


I am not sure how to load 'You Tube' videos myself, but Histomat readers might be interested in watching Trotsky, Zinoviev, Kamenev and other leaders of the Communist International in action during the Russian Civil War over at Virtual Stoa. While we are discussing revolutionary Marxists, does anyone know anything about Austro-Marxist Gustav Eckstein? No real reason why, but I am just interested in him. Finally, perhaps check out historian Keith Flett's new series on the British Chartist movement in this week's Socialist Worker. As Trotsky noted of the Chartists, 'All the fundamental problems of the class movement of the proletariat—the inter-relation between parliamentary and extra-parliamentary activity, the role of universal suffrage, trade unions, the significance of the general strike and its relation to armed insurrection—were not only crystallised out of the progress of the Chartist mass movement but found out their principled answer.'

Edited to add a brilliant little homemade film about Lenin

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