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Revolutionary Studies
Theory, History, People
Explores relevance of Marxism to emancipatory politics through critical examination of core concepts and key twentieth-century revolutionary figures and movements.

Revolutionary Studies explores the relevance of Marxism to emancipatory politics through a critical examination of core concepts and movements. The first part of Revolutionary Studies explores definitions of the working class, social identities, democracy, capitalism, and socialism. The second applies these understandings to the Russian, Chinese, Nicaraguan, and South African revolutionary and post-revolutionary experiences. Revolutionary Studies is rigorously and clearly written for anyone wanting to understand the interrelationship between revolutionary theory and revolutionary practice.

  • "Paul Le Blanc is a true organic intellectual, risen from the working class to become a prolific writer, steadfast activist, and exceptional teacher. His lifelong commitment to the struggle for a democratic, socialist revolution. In this wonderful set of essays, he lays out, in accessible and passionate prose, his penetrating analysis of both revolutionary theory and practice. The theory pieces are must reading; they give readers, whether they are new to the material or seasoned hands, the essence of Marxism, class, identity, working class culture, and the politics of revolution. The practice chapters probe revolutionary efforts around the world, from Russia and Cuba to Nicaragua and South Africa. These will be especially useful to teachers. We are in a time of renewed interest in socialism, and there could be no better book than this one to help us grasp the immanent need for it and how we might get from this dying society to one that offers us not just greater happiness but our only chance for long-term survival."

    -Michael D. Yates, Associate Editor of Monthly Review and Editorial Director of Monthly Review Press, author of The Great Inequality and Why Unions Matter

    "In this outstanding collection of essays, Paul Le Blanc deals, with powerful insight, key isssues of revolutionary theory and practice, from Marx and Trotsky to the Sandinista insurrection. Uneven and combined development, labor radicalism and socialist democracy are discussed with great acumen. This is 'plain' - i.e. dialectical - revolutionary Marxism at it's best, refusing to give up the struggle for a new world, a society of liberty and justice for all."

    -Michael Löwy, Emeritus research director, National Center for Scientific Research, Paris

Other books by Paul Le Blanc

  • Revolutionary Collective

    This important volume traces efforts to advance the socialist goal through the organization of revolutionary collectives, engaging with a pantheon of relevant radical thinkers.

  • The Living Flame

    A remarkable collection of essays illuminating Rosa Luxemburg's tremendous contributions to revolutionary struggle and enduring relevance.

  • US Trotskyism 1928–1965 Part I: Emergence

    Edited by Thomas Bias, Paul Le Blanc, et al.

    The first in a documentary trilogy of U.S. Trotskyism, this volume spans 1928 to 1940, surveying labor struggles, contributions to the study of history and Marxist theory, and confrontations and convergences among left currents.

  • US Trotskyism 1928–1965 Part II: Endurance

    Edited by Thomas Bias, Paul Le Blanc, et al.

    The second in a documentary trilogy of U.S. Trotskyism, this volume spans 1941 to 1956, surveying the Second World War, the post-war strike wave, ongoing struggles against racism, and more.

  • US Trotskyism 1928–1965 Part III: Resurgence

    The third in a documentary trilogy of U.S. Trotskyism, this volume spans 1954 to 1965, surveying the Cold War era, the Black liberation struggle, the "third wave" of feminism, and more.

  • The American Exceptionalism of Jay Lovestone and His Comrades, 1929-1940

    Few figures in the history of the American Left can claim a more significant and yet contradictory legacy as Jay Lovestone.

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  • C. L. R. James and Revolutionary Marxism

    CLR James and Revolutionary Marxism collects some of the most important, but difficult to obtain, articles from the legendary Trinidadian-Marxist.
  • October Song

    An evocative and inspiring account of the events of the 1917 Russian Revolution and its legacy.

  • Black Liberation and the American Dream

    Edited by Paul Le Blanc
    Analysing intersections of race, class, and gender alongside primary texts, this unique volume explores racism and antiracism in the US.
  • Left Americana

    Essays highlighting socialist and left-wing traditions that helped shape US history in the direction of “liberty and justice for all".
  • Trotskyism in the United States

    Edited by George Breitman, Paul Le Blanc, et al.
    An outstanding set of informative essays, providing an unsurpassed account of the dynamic revolutionary socialist current known as American Trotskyism.
  • From Marx to Gramsci

    Edited by Paul Le Blanc
    A comprehensive course in the contributions of key figures to the Marxist tradition.
  • A Short History of the U.S. Working Class

    Le Blanc presents a colorful, fact-filled history that concentrates on the struggles and achievements of the often neglected laboring majority.
  • Lenin and the Revolutionary Party

    Lenin's political and organizational ideas confront the reality of the labor movement and the revolutionary process.
  • Leon Trotsky and the Organizational Principles of the Revolutionary Party

    Trotsky’s own words on revolutionary organization, from 1917 to 1940, highlight the dynamics of democratic initiative and principled centralism.
  • Unfinished Leninism

    A stimulating collection of essays on the revolutionary socialist Vladimir Lenin that survey fierce controversies over his life and ideas.