Was the Communist International a mistake?

12:00pm Sunday 4 September

About this session

The Communist International was established in the wake of two seismic events which shook the world socialist movement: the reformist socialist parties’ support for WW1 and the Russian Revolution. The first four congresses of the Comintern spanned the post-war revolutionary wave  ecompassing intense tactical debates amond revolutionaries. But was it right for the Bolsheviks to set up the Comintern? Some revolutionaries argue that it was a mistake that cost the future of socialism. However, others argue that the ultimate failure to bring successful worker’s revolutions beyond Russia’s borders was due to the existing weaknesses of the socialist movement in Western Europe. This session will explore the politics and practices of the Comintern before the rise of Stalinism.

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