[Marxism] NEW BOOK: Zinoviev and Martov: Head to head in Halle

Benjamin Lewis bennolewis at googlemail.com
Thu Aug 11 09:22:15 MDT 2011

"We are on the field of battle. The audience in the hall is divided in two
sections; it is as if a knife has cut them sharply in two. Two parties are
present” - Grigory Zinoviev’s description of the Halle congress of the
Independent Social Democrats (USPD) in October 1920.

Would the USPD and its 700,000 members opt for the Third International or
attempt to stay a halfway house, floating uneasily between communism and
official social democracy? The Halle congress would decide.

In the debate Zinoviev, Comintern’s president and a Bolshevik since 1903,
was pitted against not only the heavyweights of German Social Democracy. He
also had to reckon with his Russian contemporary, Julius Martov, the
intellectually rigorous and polemically steeled leader of the Menshevik

In publishing Zinoviev’s largely forgotten four-hour speech and Martov’s
counterblast for the first time in English, this book helps to deepen our
understanding of a crucial chapter in the history of the European working
class movement.

The text includes introductory essays by Ben Lewis and Lars T Lih, alongside
Zinoviev’s fascinating diary entries made during his stay in Germany.

Now available: £15, including p&p, from November Publications, BCM Box 928,
London WC1 3XX.
If you are not im the UK, then the book can be ordered or downloaded as an
E-book (£5) here<http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/martov-and-zinoviev-head-to-head-in-halle/16449058?productTrackingContext=search_results/search_shelf/center/3>.
It will be also available on Amazon and Google Books in due course.

Hope you enjoy the read!

*Ben Lewis*
ben.lewis at weeklyworker.org.uk

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