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Clara Zetkin

JOHN RIDDELL ON ‘THE COMMUNIST WOMEN’S MOVEMENT (1921-26)’

 

Dear friends

My working paper, “The Communist Women’s Movement (1921-26)” is available at: www.johnriddell.wordpress.com

To my knowledge, this is the first English-language study of the world Communist women’s organization launched by Clara Zetkin with Lenin’s active support.

My study concludes as follows:

“The Communist women stood for the consistent pursuit of militant unity of the workers’ movement. They sought to unite women from all social layers who were prepared to actively oppose evils of capitalism. They favoured an adroit search for common ground with non-Communist currents among women and in the labour movement. In doing so, they played a significant role in shaping the leadership of the Communist International as a whole.

“This is perhaps their most important legacy to us. The Communist Women’s International prefigures the leading role of women in movements for social progress both today and tomorrow.”

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John Riddell

 

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Rosa Luxemburg

Critique: Journal of Socialist Theory (CFP on Rosa Luxemburg)

Call for Papers on Rosa Luxemburg

2012 Special Issue: Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg Call for Articles

 

Born in Tsarist Poland in 1871, she emigrated to Germany and became one of the most inspirational figures of the Second International. Luxemburg arrived in Berlin in the spring of 1898 in time join the Revisionist debates, which made her famous as a Marxist theoretician. Time and again Luxemburg proved herself as a gifted orator, inspiring workers to join the socialist movement, as well as she a talented theoretician, attempting to expand Marx’s work and make it relevant to  early 20th century movement. However, Rosa Luxemburg was and remains a controversial figure. To mark the 140th anniversary of Rosa  Luxemburg’s birth, Critique: Journal of Socialist Theory will be  producing a special issue on and around Luxemburg’s works and her legacy.

The special issue would like to examine some of her most well known works (such as the Russian Revolution, Mass Strike, National Question, and Organisational Question, Accumulation of Capital) and address their relevance to today.

What is Rosa Luxemburg’s legacy?

Is her work still relevant today?

During a time of economic crisis, does Luxemburg’s work, Accumulation of Capital have anything to offer the 21st century?

Why does Luxemburg continue to inspire?

 

Critique: Journal of Socialist Theory welcomes contributions covering any aspect of Marxist political economy, philosophy and history.

Articles should not normally exceed 7-8,000 words in length.  

Articles  must include an abstract of no more than 300 words and a maximum of 6  key words.  Please note that Critique does not use the Harvard system  and expects footnotes to appear at the bottom of the page. For further instructions and advice for authors please visit: http://www.informaworld.com/critique

For further details about Critique visit: http://www.critiquejournal.net/. The final deadline for articles is  December 1, 2011. Please send articles via email to the special issue  editor:  Dr. Lea Haro, gziinfo@udcf.gla.ac.uk and to: critique@eng.gla.ac.uk

 

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