Stalinism

International Council Correspondence Volume 3, Number 7-8

The Volume 3, Number 7-8 (August 1937) issue of International Council Correspondence.

Дамье В.В. СТАЛЬНОЙ ВЕК: Социальная история советского общества/ Age of steel. Social history of soviet society 1917-1991 by V.Damier

A book about the history of "Soviet" society from libertarian point of view
AGE OF STEEL. SOCIAL HISTORY OF SOVIET SOCIETY 1917-1991
By Vadim Damier
(in russian)

Living in the shadow of Stalinism - Donald Parkinson

Communists today must grapple with the difficult realities of the USSR, a society where capitalism didn’t operate but working class rule was liquidated.

Russia and Ukraine: history called up on national service

Flag showing Stalin

The Russian and Ukrainian elites are mobilising, and misrepresenting, history, to justify each side of the ruinous military conflict in eastern Ukraine

Revolution and counterrevolution under colonial rule: And now? – Ngo Van Xuyet

The last chapter of Ngo Van’s book, Revolution and Counterrevolution under Colonial Rule, first published in French in 1997, denouncing the Stalinism of Ho Chi Minh’s repressive party-state, depicting the disappointing consequences of the triumph of the counterrevolution in Vietnam with the “victory” of 1975 when the enormous sacrifices of the Vietnamese peasants resulted in merely the exchange of one set of rulers for another, and quoting the Vietnamese author Bao Ninh: “So much blood spilled—for what?”.

Stalinism without Stalin

An article from Views & Comments, the publication of the Libertarian League, about the Independent Socialist League's analysis of the Soviet Union after Stalin's death.

The Russian Enigma - Ante Ciliga

Ante Ciliga

Originally written in 1936-37 and published in Paris, 1938 under the title "Au Pays du Grand Mensonge". The first part of his account of his time in the Soviet Union, The Russian Enigma, was distributed by the Labour Book Service in 1940, and the complete text was published under the same title by Ink Links in 1979.

A hundred year war - Ngo Van Xuyet

In this two-part talk given in 2001 in Paris, Ngo Van Xuyet introduces his two books about Vietnam (Viêt-nam 1920-1945: révolution et contre-révolution sous la domination coloniale [1997] and Au pays de la Cloche fêlée: Tribulations d’un Cochinchinois à l’époque coloniale [2000]), starting with a critical chronology of the 1920s, and concluding with a first-person account of the period between 1930 and 1945, when Ho Chi Minh’s Viet Minh seized power after the Japanese surrender and immediately proceeded to exterminate the Vietnamese Trotskyists, while workers and peasants formed councils that were suppressed by the Stalinist government’s military forces.

Samuel Kaplan: another mysterious disappearance in Spain

The international group of the Durruti column

A short account of the fate of the Lithuanian anarchist Samuel Kaplan, who fought with the Durruti Column in Spain.

The mysterious death of Alwyn Skinner(1912-1938)

Skinner, back row, left

A short account of the life and mysterious death of Alwyn Skinner, International Brigade volunteer