[Classics] In Defence Of Marxism

This book is correctly regarded as one of Trotsky's finest classics. It is a product of a sharp polemic within the American Trotskyist movement during the period 1939-40. This was a dispute which touched on the very fundamentals of Marxism. It was for this reason that Trotsky himself participated in this struggle in the form of a series of articles and letters that are brought together in this volume.

The issues covered concern the essence of Marxist theory and deal with such questions as:

  • The class nature of the Soviet state.
  • The defence of the Soviet Union against imperialist attack.
  • Bolshevik principles of organisation.
  • Dialectical Materialism.

This book is Trotsky at his best: profound, concise and theoretically razor sharp.


Written: 1939/40
First Published: In Defense of Marxism, New York 1942
Marxist.com version: Taken from Wellred 2019 print edition, converted to HTML March 2020


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