Contents of “The two Trotskyisms confront Stalinism: the fate of the Russian Revolution, volume 2”

The book contains a substantial introduction, 12 chapters of debates and confrontations over the big issues of the 1940s, a chapter on the working class and socialism, and seven classic essays.

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Introduction, by Sean Matgamna
Preface (Leon Trotsky and C L R James)
Chapter 1: Stalin’s Russia: a socialist community?
Chapter 2: Defend Russia in Hitler-Stalin Poland?
Chapter 3: Finland, Baltics, Romania, Iran. 1939-41: Russian imperialism?
Chapter 4: A bureaucratic-proletarian revolution?
Chapter 5: The USSR at war
Chapter 6: “Trotsky’s Red Army” in World War Two. “Bureaucratic-proletarian revolution” again
Chapter 7. Stalinist Russia: degenerated workers’ state or exploitative class society?
Chapter 8. Petty-bourgeois opposition, proletarian party?
Chapter 9. Legends of the fall
Chapter 10. Leon Trotsky is dead? Long live Trotsky!
Chapter 11. War and the USA
Chapter 12. The revolutionary party
Chapter 13. The working class is central
Essays


Introduction

Leon Trotsky and the two Trotskyisms, by Sean Matgamna
Part 1: Trotsky of the enigmas 12 — Trotsky’s evolving analysis — 14 — Trotsky of the paradoxs and enigmas — 18 — The significance of statified industry — 21 — Trotsky: feverish flux — 22 — A new organic socio-economic formation “in one country” — 25 — Trotsky in the 1939-40 split — 28 — What happened in “eastern Poland” in 1939-40? — 29 — The Trotskyist schism — 33 — The old antagonisms and the test of events — 36 — Trotsky’s ambivalent legacy — 39 — The fallibility of Trotsky — 40 — The USA at war — 42 — The proletarian military policy Part 2: After the split: The orthodox and Russia in war 45 — A new Russian empire? — 46 — The Heterodox on the USSR in World War 2 — 48 — The Orthodox in the war: first phase — 52 — July 1941: a minimum program for the USSR? — 55 — Program and agency — 58 — “Trotsky’s Red Army” in World War 2 — 60 — Second phase: Leningrad delirium — 67 — Third phase: Natalia Sedova’s first “intervention” — 69 — 1941-2: Taking stock — 74 — Fourth phase: after Stalingrad — 76 — The “class significance” of Russia’s victories — 83 — The Orthodox and the victorious USSR — 85 — The Warsaw Rising and James P Cannon — 86 — Natalia’s second intervention — 88 — Readjustment, 1944-8 Part 3: The orthodox and the Heterodox after the war 91 — A summary overview of the two tendencies in wartime USA — 92 — The Orthodox after the war — 96 — The revenge of “bureaucratic collectivism” — 100 — Why the Shachtmanites declined and the Cannonites did not — 103 — Dogmatic Marxism and Apparatus Marxism — 111 — Cannon and Shachtman — 114 — Historiography — 115 — The Alliance for Workers’ Liberty — 116 — This volume and volumes one and three

118 — Timeline

122 — Glossary

Preface

126 — Against the Stream — Leon Trotsky and C L R James (April 1939)

Part 1: Stalinism

Chapter 1: Stalin’s Russia: a socialist community?

135 — Earl Browder and Max Shachtman (March 1950)

Part 2: The great schism

Chapter 2: Defend Russia in Hitler-Stalin Poland?

176 — James P Cannon and Max Shachtman (October 1939) — 218 — The real danger is those who identify the USSR with fascist states for the benefit of the USA and UK: Leon Trotsky (December 1939)

Chapter 3: Finland, Baltics, Romania, Iran. 1939-41: Russian imperialism?

223 — SWP, Herman Benson, SWP, SWP minority on Finland (December 1939) — 235 — We condemn the invasion; we defend the Soviet Union: Albert Goldman (December 1939) — 240 — The hue and cry about poor little Finland: Max Shachtman (December 1939) — 242 — In Finland, essentially Stalin was at war with imperialism: Albert Goldman (March 1940) — 247 — Taking stock of the Russo-Finnish war: Leon Trotsky (May 1940) — 250 — Invasion of Baltics: a defensive move against Germany: Felix Morrow (June 1940) — 253 — Baltics: reactionary imperialism: Labor Action (August 1940) — 254 — Bessarabia: a workers’ state has a right and duty to extend its base: Albert Goldman (July 1940) — 256 — Stalin seizes eastern Romania for revenues, power, and prestige: Joseph Carter (July 1940) — 259 — Iran: not all invasions are bad: Albert Goldman (September 1941) — 261 — Iran: imperialist aggression: New International (August 1941)

Chapter 4: A bureaucratic-proletarian revolution?

265 — Leon Trotsky and Max Shachtman (September 1939 – January 1940) — 281 — The Mensheviks split over the USSR: John G Wright (April 1940) — 284 — Mensheviks hail Stalin’s “war-revolution” — Louis Jacobs (May 1943)

Chapter 5: The USSR at war

289 — Max Shachtman, SWP, James P Cannon (June-August 1941) — 299 — Only the Russian soldiers have something to fight for: George Breitman (August 1941) — 302 — Hitler’s invasion proves Stalin’s moves in 1939 were defensive: Albert Goldman (July 1941) — 304 — How to explain USSR’s defeats?: SWP (October 1941) — 305 — We are the best defenders of the USSR: SWP (October 1942) — 309 — Defend the socialist achievements of the USSR! George Clarke (September 1942) — 311 — Victories show Russian masses accept Trotsky’s view of USSR under Stalin: Albert Goldman (November 1943) — 314 — The amazing unity of the Soviet peoples: Bert Cochran (December 1943)

Chapter 6: “Trotsky’s Red Army” in World War Two. “Bureaucratic-proletarian revolution” again

317 — SWP, Max Shachtman, La Vérité (January-February 1944) — 325 — Stalin aims to subjugate Polish workers: SWP (August 1944) — 326 — Worker-guerrillas must subordinate to the Red Army command: James P Cannon (August 1944) — 328 — Stalin seeks to make Trotsky’s Red Army gendarme of capitalism in Romania: James Cowan (July 1944) — 330 — SWP gives Stalin free help: Labor Action (July 1944) — 332 — Stalinism threatens to defeat workers’ revolution in Europe: Lewis Coser (February 1942) — 335 — “You seem to be hypnotised by the slogan ‘defence of the USSR’”: Natalia Sedova (August 1944) — 336 — The main danger for the USSR is Stalin: Natalia Sedova (September 1944) — 338 — Natalia is right! James P Cannon (September-October 1944) — 343 — “For you, the slogan of military defence of the USSR is fixed once and for all”: Natalia Sedova (November 1944) — 349 — “Objectively revolutionary” Stalinism and “Trotsky’s Red Army”: Louis Jacobs (December 1944) — 375 — “Defence of the USSR”? A defence quite unlike Trotsky’s: Eugene Shays and Dan Shelton (October 1946) — 386 — The eruption of bureaucratic imperialism: Jean van Heijenoort (March 1946) — 394 — The Red Army as a friendly proletarian force: SWP (February 1946)

Chapter 7. Stalinist Russia: degenerated workers’ state or exploitative class society?

397 — Harry Braverman and Max Shachtman (May-October 1944)

Chapter 8. Petty-bourgeois opposition, proletarian party?

431 — Leon Trotsky and Max Shachtman (January-March 1940) — 457 — Trade unionists and revolutionists: James P Cannon (1953)

Part 3: Angels, devils, political folklore, and historical falsification

Chapter 9. Legends of the fall

467 — Introduction to “In Defence of Marxism” by Joseph Hansen and George Novack; Leon Trotsky; SWP; Max Shachtman (December 1942, October 1940, October 1941, April 1945) — 506 — How and why the 1940 split happened: Max Shachtman and Ernest Rice McKinney (November 1946) — 509 — Why the 1940 minority wanted its own periodical: Max Shachtman and Ernest Rice McKinney (November 1946) — 512 — We must deepen the split: James P Cannon (April 1945) — 513 — Answers to Comrade Cannon’s questions on the Workers Party: Albert Goldman (June 1945) — 519 — What we said would happen, and what did happen: Albert Goldman, Felix Morrow, and Oscar Williams (September 1945) — 524 — I was unready in 1940: Max Shachtman (summer 1940)

Chapter 10. Leon Trotsky is dead? Long live Trotsky!

527 — James P Cannon, Max Shachtman, Leon Trotsky (August 1940; 1943; 1923; 1930) — 543 — Trotsky’s predictions triumph: Joseph Hansen (November 1940) — 545 — The revolution is very near: James P Cannon (November 1943) — 546 — Careless thinkers say the war is over: James P Cannon (November 1945) — 549 — Is the war really not over? Felix Morrow; SWP (December 1945) — 551 — My theoretical principles of Marxism: Arne Swabeck (January 1946) — 553 — What kind of party should we build? Felix Morrow (September 1945) — 557 — You cling to outworn formulas: Felix Morrow (July 1946)

Chapter 11. War and the USA

569 — Workers Party, SWP, Max Shachtman, James P Cannon (December 1941 – January 1942) — 578 — The Workers’ Party is against the boss war! For a workers’ government: Max Shachtman (October 1940) — 586 — Move this anti-war resolution! (July 1940) — 587 — Conscription? Yes, but… Leon Trotsky (October 1940)

Chapter 12. The revolutionary party

589 — James P Cannon, Leon Trotsky, James P Cannon, Max Shachtman, SWP, Max Shachtman and Ernest Rice McKinney (1940; 1946; April 1945; August 1946; November 1946) — 601 — The history of Bolshevism can be found in our own actions: James P Cannon (November 1944) — 610 — Gross sentimentality, unbending rigidity, unfair attacks: James T Farrell (November 1944)— 613 — We should make revisionists hateful: Harry Braverman (October 1944) — 616 — An arbitrary, factional, self-serving attitude: Albert Goldman (October 1944) — 617 — Criticism by intellectual amateurs is an insult to the party: James P Cannon (April 1945) — 619 — Zinoviev: a great hero: James P Cannon (July 1955) — 619 — Zinovievist? I learned from Trotsky: James P Cannon (October 1945) — 621 — Don’t strangle the party: James P Cannon (November 1946) — 622 — The Bolshevisation of the party: James P Cannon (October 1944) — 631 — Keeping the necessary equilibrium between democracy and centralism: Leon Trotsky (December 1937, November 1938) — 634 — No reason to hinder discussion: Leon Trotsky (September 1939) — 635 — A serious educational discussion: Leon Trotsky (October 1939)

Chapter 13. The working class is central

637 — Leon Trotsky, Natalia Sedova, Max Shachtman (May 1940, July 1956, November 1953)

Essays

655 — Isaac Deutscher and the end of socialism. Max Shachtman

707 — Did Stalinism grow organically out of Bolshevism? Max Shachtman

729 — Trotsky and Cannon. Max Shachtman

749 — James P Cannon as historian. Albert Glotzer

762 — Trotsky and his critics. Max Shachtman

777 — The ABC of materialist dialectics. Leon Trotsky

782 — Contents of The Fate of the Russian Revolution volume 1

785 — Index

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