Case of Leon Trotsky: Report of Hearings on the Charges Made Against Him in the Moscow Trials

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Was the regime of Joseph Stalin and his heirs a continuation of the Bolshevik-led workers and peasants government established by the October 1917 Revolution? No! says Bolshevik leader Leon Trotsky in testimony before a 1937 international commission of inquiry into Stalin's Moscow frame-up trials. Reviewing forty years of working-class struggle in which Trotsky was a participant and leader, he discusses the fight to restore V.I. Lenin's revolutionary internationalist course and why the Stalin regime organized the ...
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Overview

Was the regime of Joseph Stalin and his heirs a continuation of the Bolshevik-led workers and peasants government established by the October 1917 Revolution? No! says Bolshevik leader Leon Trotsky in testimony before a 1937 international commission of inquiry into Stalin's Moscow frame-up trials. Reviewing forty years of working-class struggle in which Trotsky was a participant and leader, he discusses the fight to restore V.I. Lenin's revolutionary internationalist course and why the Stalin regime organized the Moscow Trials. He explains working people's stake in the unfolding Spanish Revolution, the fight against fascism in Germany, efforts to build a world revolutionary party, and much more.

Introduction, Forward, Photos, Index. Now with enlarged type.

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In 1937, the Commission of Inquiry into the Charges Made against Leon Trotsky in the Moscow Trials, chaired by American philosopher John Dewey and including other prominent members of the left, conducted a months-long inquiry into the charges leveled against Trotsky at the Moscow show trials orchestrated by Stalin and his allies. Making its findings public in September of that same year, the Commission not only cleared Trotsky, a leader of the Russian Revolution, of all charges, but also concluded that the general "conduct of the Moscow trials was such as to convince any unprejudiced person that no effort was made to ascertain the truth" and found "the Moscow trials to be frame-ups" — years before the 1956 revelations of Nikita Khrushchev to the 20th Party Congress of the Soviet Union began to prompt a much wider recognition of the fraudulent nature of the Moscow proceedings. As part of the inquiry, a five-person sub-commission was dispatched to Trotsky's home in Coyoacan, Mexico, and took Trotsky's testimony regarding the charges- and the underlying political issues behind them - at 13 hearings conducted between April 10 and April 17. This volume, a paperbound edition of a work first published in 1937, reproduces the entirety of this testimony including Trotsky's summation speech, where he addresses major political questions on the eve of the Second World War,, along with a few related documents in appendices. A companion volume from Pathfinder Press, Not Guilty, reproduces the full findings of the Dewey Commission. (Annotation ©2010 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
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“Here is one of the most complete explanations of Marxism…. One can appreciate the movement of gigantic intellectual forces with practical and real-life implications…. Pathfinder Press is to be congratulated for reprinting and releasing The Case of Leon Trotsky. This volume … provides a meaningful snapshot into a capsule of time. However, this is not to be viewed as a lost moment in time. Rather, these ideas and ideals from so long ago still ring fresh today.”—Jon Bradley, editor, Insights

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873488686
  • Publisher: Pathfinder Press GA
  • Publication date: 6/30/2006
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 837
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2006

    Fighting for the future that is now!

    The Case of Leon Trotsky is Leon Trotsky's historic seven days of testimony to the commission led by American philosopher and educator John Dewey in 1937, answering the charges of the Stalin's Moscow frameup trials against Trotsky and the entire surviving leadership of the Russian Revolution. This was the vanguard of a repression that would kill millions in the Soviet Union in a vain attempt to stop political life, rebellion and protest. This book is essential to anyone interested in understanding what revolutionary, principled politics. It explains the Spanish Civil War,the rise of Hitler, and the approaching Second World War. Trotsky pledged to place himself into the hands of the Soviet Government if this tribunal or any court of extradition in Mexico, convicted him of any of the monsterous charges Stalin laid against him. Though his native language was Russian, and he was more familiar with German and French, Trotsky submitted to the cross examination in English, the language of most of the committee members. This was not Trotsky's self defense, but an explanation of the most fundamental questions: How did the Bolsheviks conquer power? Why did Stalin prevail? Why do Marxists reject individual terrorism on? What was the relationship between Lenin and Trotsky and Stalin and Lenin? How did Stalin pave the way for Hitler's victory? Why did Franco vanguish the Spanish Republic? Despite the difficulty of his testimony, the gravity of the questions before him, and his struggle with the English language, Trotsky's wit and imagination break through time and time again. What stands out in Trotsky's was his faith in the revolutionary capacity of workers, the oppressed nations and nationalities, and exploited farmers and youth to struggle to defeat capitalism. Trotsky's struggle he was to preserve the principles and experiences of the Bolsheviks for the new generations of revolutionists coming today. The lessons and experiences Trotsky passed on are not a fuzzy rosey radicalism. Trotsky is is always precise, scientific, workman like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2006

    DEFENDING MARXISM AGAINST STALINISM

    One of history¿s greatest frauds was Stalin¿s claim that his murderous bureaucracy spoke for Marxism, communism, and the working class. THE CASE OF LEON TROTSKY is must reading today because it is not only most powerful rebuttal of Stalin¿s lies¿but it stands as a great example of what real Marxism was and is. In this book, Trotsky presents his record of activity and the great ideas that he acted on. Trotsky's life and work are part of the link connecting the revolutionary communism of Lenin to the generations of the present and future. Today, no one takes seriously the pretences of Stalin and his heirs in Moscow and Peking. Now, authentic Marxism can step forward without having to explain how different it is from the Stalinist counterfeits. And this book is a wonderful place to begin the study, for a new generation of students. The ideas are presented with eloquence and with the drama of a court room setting, because Trotsky was answering questions and presenting testimony before the distinguished Dewey Commission.

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