War on War: Lenin, the Zimmerwald Left, and the Origins of Communist Internationalism

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Duke University Press, Oct 12, 1989 - Political Science - 313 pages
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The outbreak of World War I precipitated a schism in the international socialist movement that endures today. Heeding calls for "rational defense," the leading European socialist democratic parties abandoned their vision of peace and internationalism as an integral part of the struggle for social justice and set aside their view of interstate war as the clearest example of the irrational essence of competitive capitalism. Only the Zimmerwald Left, led by Lenin, continued to speak out for internationalism. R. Craig Nation utilizes sources in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Swedish to provide the first comprehensive history of the Zimmerwald Left as an international political tendency.
 

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Contents

Marxism War and the International
1
Against the Current
27
The Zimmerwald Movement
63
The Zimmerwald Left
97
Zimmerwald Left and Zimmerwald Center
131
Petrograd and Stockholm
169
The Origins of Communist Internationalism
205
Communism and Social Democracy The Enduring Challenge
237
Notes
249
Selected Bibliography
289
INDEX
305
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