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Liberate the Colonies: Communism and Colonial Freedom 1917-1924

 
John Riddell (Editor) Nazeef Mollah (Editor) Vijay Prashad (Editor)
Synopsis

In the first years after the 1917 Russian revolution, a bold new cry was heard around the world, ‘Liberate the Colonies!’ It was voiced in Moscow by Marxists combating tsarist oppression of Asian peoples. It came from the world of Communism, which launched a great International for a global freedom struggle. It came from the colonies, where activists such as M.N. Roy, Ho Chi Minh, Tan Malaka and others worked to break the chains of empire.

Over the decades, anti-colonial freedom movements transformed the face of the world. This book portrays how this movement took shape.

Pioneer revolutionists from oppressed countries, in their own words, pinpoint the movement’s weaknesses, debate its problems, and develop a global strategy and programme. Among other things, the book highlights how in 1920, at a conference in Baku, women won the right to comradeship with men on an equal basis; Revolutionary leaders from Asia convinced the Moscow government to combat chauvinist abuses of Soviet power; and V.I. Lenin and M.N. Roy – the old strategist of Russia and the young rebel of India – debated and reached a common framework for unity in the freedom struggle.

This precious historical record is vitally important to all those who seek a socialist future.

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About the author

Vijay Prashad

Dr. Vijay Prashad is Associate Professor and Director of International Studies, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, USA. He is the author of five books: Untouchable Freedom: A Social History of a Dalit Community (Oxford, 1999); Karma of Brown Folk (Minnesota, 2000; chosen as one of the 25 books of the year by the Village Voice); Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting: Afro-Asian Connections and the Myth of Cultural Purity (Beacon, 2001; chosen as one of the 25 best books of the year by the Village Voice); War Against the Planet: The Fifth Afghan War, US Imperialism and Other Assorted Fundamentalisms (Leftword, 2002); Fat Cats and Running Dogs: The Enron Stage of Capitalism (Common Courage, Leftword and Zed Books, 2002)

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Bibliographic information

Title Liberate the Colonies: Communism and Colonial Freedom 1917-1924
Format Softcover
Date published: 15.03.2019
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher LeftWord Books
Language: English
isbn 9788193466674
length 294p.