Book launch: Communism and Democracy

Thursday 25 January 2018

On the centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917, Mike Makin-Waite surveys the history of the communist movement, tracking its origins in the Enlightenment, and through nineteenth-century socialism to the emergence of Marxism and beyond.

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‘A fresh overview and searching re-appraisal of twentieth-century communism, highlighting the movement’s troubled relationship with democracy. The book is clearly written, with many striking turns of phrase and sharp insights … It is essential reading for anyone who aspires not just to bring the baneful reign of neoliberalism to an end, but to put the idea of life after capitalism back on the political horizon.’ - David Purdy, social economist and joint contributing editor to Feelbad Britain

Join us for the launch of Communism and Democracy: History, Debates and Potentials by Mike Makin-Waite at the Marx Memorial Library. Mike will be in conversation with Sally Davison to discuss this unorthodow account, that tracks an alternative history that includes nineteenth-century revisionists such as Karl Kautsky, Menshevik opponents of Bolshevik oppression in 1917, Popular Front critiques of sectarianism in the 1930s, communist support for 1968’s Prague Spring, and the turn to Gramsci and Eurocommunism in the 1970s. 

Date: Thursday 25 January, 7:00pm
Venue: Marx Memorial Library, 37a Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 0DU

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