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Toward the United Front
Proceedings of the Fourth Congress of the Communist International, 1922
Edited and translated by John Riddell

Biographical note
John Riddell has translated and edited seven volumes of documents of the Communist movement in the era of the Russian revolution. Two further Brill volumes now in preparation will complete this ambitious project.

All those interested in Communist and labour history, the political theory of radical movements, global efforts at social change, and movements for colonial and women’s emancipation.

Table of contents
Editorial Introduction
About This Edition
Session 1. Opening Session (5 November)
Session 2. Report of the Executive Committee (9 November)
Session 3. Report of the Executive Committee (Concluded), Discussion (10 November)
Session 4. Discussion of Executive Committee Report (Continued) (11 November)
Session 5. Discussion of Executive Committee Report (Continued) (11 November)
Session 6. Discussion of Executive Committee Report (Continued) (12 November)
Session 7. Discussion of Executive Committee Report (Conclusion) (12 November)
Session 8. Five Years of the Russian Revolution and Perspectives for the World-Revolution (13 November)
Session 9. Five Years of the Russian Revolution and Perspectives for the World-Revolution (Continued) (14 November)
Session 10. Five Years of the Russian Revolution and Perspectives for the World-Revolution (Concluded) (14 November)
Session 11. The Capitalist Offensive (15 November)
Session 12. Fascism; the Capitalist Offensive – Continued (16 November)
Session 13. Credentials Report; the Capitalist Offensive – Concluded (17 November)
Session 14. Programme (18 November)
Session 15. Programme – Continued (18 November)
Session 16. Trade Unions (20 November)
Session 17. Trade Unions – Continued (20 November)
Session 18. Trade Unions (Summary); Programme; Workers’ Aid (21 November)
Session 19. The Eastern Question (22 November)
Session 20. The Eastern Question (Concluded) (23 November)
Session 21. The Agrarian Question (24 November)
Session 22. The Agrarian Question; Youth; Blacks (25 November)
Session 23. The Cooperative Movement (25 November)
Session 24. Communist Work among Women (27 November)
Session 25. Educational Work; Versailles Treaty (28 November)
Session 26. Versailles Treaty; Austria; Executive Reorganisation (29 November)
Session 27. Executive Reorganisation; Yugoslavia; Egypt; Black and Agrarian Questions (30 November)
Session 28. France (1 December)
Session 29. France, Spain, Denmark, Executive, Youth (2 December)
Session 30. Italy; Czechoslovakia (4 December)
Session 31. Workers’ Aid; Yugoslavia; Norway (5 December) 0000
Session 32. Various Resolutions; Election of ECCI; Close of Congress (5 December)

Author: John Riddell
Category: Social Sciences – Political Science
BIC2: Inter-war period, 1918-1939,Marxism & Communism
Volume: 34
Series: Historical Materialism Book Series
ISSN: 1570-1522
ISBN13: 9789004207783
Publication Year: 2011
Edition info: 1
Version: Hardback
Publication Type: Book
Pages, Illustrations: xii, 1310 pp.
Imprint: BRILL
Language: English


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Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe is looking for new members to join its core editorial team. We would like people to fill the following roles
Articles Editor – This would involve organising peer review of submitted articles and preparing issues of the journal for submission to the publishers. It could also involve other intiatives such as planning special issues or symposia.

Commissioning Editor – This would involve commissioning topical articles and collecting documents for publication from the countries covered by the journal for our `Forum’ section. It would be based on liaising with the various editorial board members who have contacts and interests in those countries.

Managing Editor – This would involve organising editorial board and editorial working group meetings, circulating minutes and liasing with the publishers Taylor and Francis with regard to promoting the journal. This role might suit a graduate student wishing to gain experience in academic journal production.
The editorial board meets three times a year inLondon with three further editorial working group meetings scheduled in the intervening months.

Debatte seeks to provide a radical critical analysis that is sympathetic to democratic, labour, feminist and ecologist movements of contemporary economic, social, cultural and political developments in the region bounded by Germany in the west and Russia in the east. For further details about the journal see

If you are interested in any of these roles (the exact distribution of responsibilities can be adjusted if necessary) then please contact the current editor Andy Kilmister at


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RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2012

C A L L   F O R   S E S S I O N S

The Urban Geography Research Group (UGRG) is pleased to announce its call for sessions for the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2012 to take place in Edinburgh, on Tuesday 3rd-Thursday 5th July 2012. The conference chair is Chris Philo (Universityof Glasgow) and the theme is Security of Geography/ Geography of Security. For further info please see:

UGRG encourages submissions that are urban in focus, that are innovative and exciting, and that connect to the conference theme and/or the aims of the Urban Geography Research Group. For further info on the UGRG please see our new and exciting website: . Benefits of Research Group sponsorship include promotion for your session, help in managing timetabling clashes for parallel sessions, and opportunity to apply for registration fee waiver for certain categories of guests.

Individuals or groups who would like to propose a session for UGRG sponsorship are invited to submit a session proposal by emailing before November 30, 2011.


To be considered for sponsorship, please include:

* The session title and abstract (max 400 words),

* The name(s) and affiliation(s) of the session convenor(s), and

* The format the session is going to take (paper session, panel discussion, etc.).


As usual, each session will be 1 hour 40 minutes in length. The format can range from paper or poster sessions, panel discussions to practitioner forums. Sessions usually consist of five 20 minute papers (with time included in each for questions) or four 20 minute papers with discussion / questions at the end. If you plan to propose an alternative format, please indicate this in the session proposal.

Convenors will be notified as to whether or not their session will be sponsored by UGRG by early December 2011.

Please bear in mind the change of location and earlier date for this year’s Annual Conference. If you have any further questions regarding this call, contact Luke Binns:

We look forward to hearing from you!
Luke Binns
PhD Candidate
Dublin Institute of Technology
Room 213, DIT Mountjoy Square,
Dublin 1,Ireland




‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: (recording) and (live)


‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: (recording) and (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  


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Ralph Miliband


Friday 25th November 2011

This conference marks the 50th anniversary of Ralph Miliband’s Parliamentary Socialism – a critique of the Labour Party that shaped a generation of scholars and activists. The book argues that Labour’s belief in the centrality of parliamentary politics often undermined the very movements that were needed to bring about real change. With protest on the rise, and Labour seeking a new way forward, the conference aims to reassess Miliband’s arguments and their contemporary relevance.

Conference Programme

Venue: Morishima Conference Room, 5th floor, Lionel Robbins Building, LSE

1.00pm onwards: Arrival

1.30-2.30pm: The Argument and Its Impact

Speaker: Tariq Ali (author and activist)
Chair: Robin Archer (LSE, Sociology)

2.30-2.45pm: Coffee and Biscuits

2.45-4.00pm: Parliamentary and Extra-parliamentary Politics

Speaker: Hilary Wainwright (Editor, Red Pepper)
Discussant: Martin McIvor (Editor, Renewal)

4.00-4.15pm: Coffee and Biscuits

4.15-5.30pm: Labour and Capitalism

Speaker: Robin Blackburn (Verso and Essex, Sociology)
Discussant: Bob Hancke (LSE, European Institute)

Public Event

Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE
6.30-8.00pm: Whatever Happened to Parliamentary Socialism? Taking Ralph Miliband Seriously 

Speaker: Leo Panitch
Chair: Robin Archer

Professor Panitch is a Canada Distinguished Research Professor in Comparative Political Economy, editor of the Socialist Register, and the author of numerous books and articles including The End of Parliamentary Socialism and In and Out of Crisis. He wrote his PhD at the LSE under the supervision of Ralph Miliband.


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Global Economy


A new book by Richard Westra,
POLITICAL ECONOMY AND GLOBALIZATION (Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy)

Based upon distinguishing capitalism from other economic systems, as well as analysis of capitalist change across its stages of development, Richard Westra argues that the economic tendencies we refer to as globalization constitute a world historic transition away from capitalism.

Westra forcefully rejects claims from both Right and Left sides of economic debate that globalization embodies the ultimate world diffusion of capitalism. He concludes that the choice facing humanity is no longer between capitalism and socialism but between socialism and global barbarism.


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Max Stirner


My new edited book on Max Stirner, which has just been published in a new Palgrave series: Critical Explorations in Contemporary Political Thought. This is the first ever edited book on the proto-poststructuralist thinker Max Stirner, and it will hopefully go some way to rehabilitating this much neglected figure.

The contributors are: Ruth Kinna, Paul Thomas, Kathy Ferguson, Riccardo Baldissone, David Leopold, Widukind de Ridder, and myself.

Here is the blurb about the book on the Palgrave website:

Saul Newman

Dr Saul Newman
Reader in Political Theory
Department of Politics
Goldsmiths – University of London
New Cross
London SE14 6NW
Tel: +44 (0)20 7919 7747


Max Stirner was one of the most important and seminal thinkers of the mid-nineteenth century. In the shadows of Hegel, Stirner developed possibly the most radical and devastating critique ever of the discourses of modernity, incurring the ire of Marx, prefiguring Nietzsche, and having a major (though often unacknowledged) impact on diverse streams of thought, from existentialism to anarchism and autonomism, literary and artistic avant-gardes, and postmodern theory. This edited volume investigates Stirner’s impact on critical thinking and social and political thought, exploring his radical and contemporary importance as a political theorist. In unmasking the religiosity lurking behind discourses of humanism and rationalism, and the domination of the individual immanent within liberal modes of politics, Stirner demolished the ontological foundations and universal grand narratives of our modernity. His thought has implications for contemporary questions of ideology, power, subjectivity, ethics and action, and opens the way for entirely new forms of politics.


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