Readers

There are now three volumes in the Communist Interventions series. These cover the European socialist and communist traditions, the US Black revolutionary tradition, and the revolutionary feminisms of the West. A fourth volume will turn to the anti-imperialist or anti-colonial traditions, as well as their critics, and a fifth to anarchist and anarcho-syndicalists traditions. Other volumes may appear in the future.

Communist Interventions volumes: Date: Format: Version:
Vol. 1: European Socialism and Communism Apr 2016 PDF, ePub, Mobi 1.2
Vol. 2: Black Revolutionaries in the United States Jan 2016 PDF, ePub, Mobi 0.1
Vol. 3: Revolutionary Feminism Apr 2016 PDF, ePub, Mobi 2.0

Note that all of the readers open with texts from the late nineteenth century and finish with texts from the 1980s. The point of limiting the readers in this way is to recognize the break in the revolutionary tradition that occurred in the 1980s, with the defeat – or in some views, merely the retreat – of the classical workers’ movement. Also note that some texts are abridged, with most abridgments clearly marked (not all abridgments in first volume are marked; this will be fixed in a future version).

We have also tried to limit, or even exclude, those texts that were produced in universities, according to the logic of university discourse. While there is nothing wrong, per se, with working in the academy – some of us do – we hope to remind readers that revolution is not an academic topic, to be discussed in academic venues. On the contrary, the revolutionaries of the past were, for the most part, not academics. They wrote neither in obscure jargons, nor in platitudes simplified for public consumption. Instead, they wrote for one another, in a manner meant to communicate perspectives, recognize complexities, and sharpen debates.

For our advice on setting up reading groups see here.

For recent updates on the readers go here.

Previous versions of readers can be found below.  (Version information can be found on the final page of any reader.)

Volume 1: v1.1
Volume 2:
Volume 3: v1.1
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  8. Dear colleagues,
    I am an historian at the university of western Sydney, Australia. I just encountered your site and would like to ask if there is any way I can contribute the Greek communist essay on the ‘woman question’ (1946) which I have translated. If this opportunity had been missed I would value any alternative suggestions or ideas. Please contact me at m.poulos@westernsydney.edu.au
    Sincerely, margarite

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