Bolsheviks and the national question, 1917-23

Richard Fidler rfidler at
Tue Aug 27 18:18:56 MDT 2002

 >>When Jim [Blaut] first showed up on the old Marxism list, he used to
refer  everybody to his "The National Question" which was prompted by urgent
political and theoretical disputes in the Puerto Rican Socialist Party,  of
which his wife was a central leader and he was a rank-and-filer. The  book
is classic Blaut. Since our friends from Zed Press keep up with  Marxmail, I
am going to see if they have an electronic version of this  out-of-print
1987 book. If so, I'd like to put it on the MIA website. If  not, I might
find the time to scan it myself. I was fortunate enough to  track down a
copy from which now sells used books. It wasn't  even in the
Columbia Library. And it deserves an ongoing readership.


Louis Proyect <<

 A great idea, Lou. I found the book in the U of Ottawa library, and scanned
Jim's chapter on Lenin and the Bolsheviks to the list in January 2001.
However, I can find only part II of my post in the list archives:

As I recall, Jim did not specifically address post-1917 policy in the Soviet
Union. That is why I put the question I did to Mark, who said Blaut had
analyzed Soviet nationalities policy.

We are still awaiting his reply.


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