History & Theory

This section deals with the major aspects of Marxist theory: dialectical materialism, historical materialism, Marxist economics, the class nature of the USSR, the colonial revolution, and more.

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Marxism and philosophy

Written by Alan Woods Friday, 02 December 2016

Thinker - Todd Martin--Flickr flickr.com--photos--tmartin--71654890The following article was published in the first issue of the new Marxist theoretical magazine, Lal Salaam, published in Pakistan.


Communists against Stalin: the massacre of a generation – Preface to the book

Written by Alan Woods Friday, 25 November 2016

Trotskyist Left Opposition 1927 Public DomainBelow we publish the introduction to the first Italian edition of Pierre Broué’s book, Communists against Stalin: the massacre of a generation.


The Truth about Stalin - a Reply to the Morning Star

Written by Alan Woods Tuesday, 08 November 2016

Stalin Trotsky front cover cropOn Monday 17 October, the Morning Star published a review of the new edition of Trotsky’s biography of Stalin written by Andrew Murray. While admitting that “this book has literary and historical merit,” Murray states that “it has much less as an actual biography of Stalin”. How does he justify these claims?


The Russian Revolution: The Meaning of October

Written by Alan Woods Monday, 07 November 2016


Today is the anniversary of the Russian Revolution, an event which altered the entire course of human history. For the first time - if we exclude the brief but glorious episode of the Paris Commune - the working people took power into their own hands and began the gigantic task of the socialist re-construction of society. Here we republish an article written in 1992 by Alan Woods. The article gives an excellent overview of the revolution as well as highlighting its main lessons.


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