Continuing the theme of Trotskyism and the Second World War, this volume covers the period 1943-45. The articles and documents contained within this book cover the period of the emergence of the WIL and the setting up of the Revolutionary Communist Party.
This first volume of Ted Grant’s Writings covers the period from 1938 to 1942, when he was involved in building up the forces of Trotskyism in Britain. During the early years of the Second World War, Ted emerged as the principal theoretician of the British Trotskyist movement. These writings constitute an essential and rich part of the theoretical heritage of Marxism.
This book by Ted Grant is a unique contribution to the history of British Trotskyism. It begins with the debate on Trotskyism in the British Communist Party in 1924 and ends with the break-up of the Revolutionary Communist Party in 1949 and the beginning of more than thirty years of work within the Labour Party. Ted Grant was the founder and political leader of the “Militant Tendency”.
The reissue of the first volume of Ted Grant's Selected Works marks a new stage in making his ideas more widely known to a new generation of Marxists. Stalinism may no longer be as pressing an issue as it was in the latter half of the 20th century, but it is far more than a theoretical/historical question—today’s situation is deeply impacted by the events of the past.
20 years have passed since the publication of Reason in Revolt. The book has been greeted with enthusiasm not only on the Left, but by scientists and others interested in philosophy and the latest scientific advances. It explains how dialectical materialism, the philosophy of Marx, allows us to study reality, not as a series of unconnected, senseless events or “facts”, but as a dynamic process.