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Online lecture series: the changing shapes of imperialism

26 July 2022

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has led to renewed discussion of the notion of imperialism. Is the invasion proof that Russia is an imperialist power? But Russia is not the only country described as an imperialist power. China’s international influence has increased dramatically in the past ten years. In South-East Asia, China's claims over large parts of the South China Sea has brought it into conflict with Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. Worldwide, Chinese investments play an increasingly important role.

Leon Trotsky: The German Enigma (1932)

8 April 2022

The IIRE is working on a new collection of Trotsky's writings on fascism. This new translation of a 1932 article by Trotsky is part of this project. This article was originally published in the journal Die Weltbühne ('The World Stage'). Die Weltbühne was an important journal of the Independent intellectual left during the Weimar republic. Cooperators and contributors included Carl von Ossietzky, Kurt Hiller, Erich Mühsam, Fritz Sternberg, Heinrich Ströbel, Kurt Tucholsky and others.

Publishing ''Rosa Luxemburg: The Incendiary Spark''

17 February 2022
I was, I am, I shall be!
Rosa Luxemburg is one of the most important figures in the history of the Marxist and revolutionary movement. Her theoretical contributions span a wide range of topics, from revolutionary organization, imperialism and capitalist expansion to the link between socialism and democracy. In many ways, Rosa Luxemburg was ahead of her time.
In Rosa Luxemburg: The Incendiary Spark Michael Löwy examines her lasting impact.

Review of Ernest Mandel: Introduction to Marxist Theory

8 February 2022

Ernest Mandel was one of the most significant Marxists of the twentieth century. During his life, Mandel participated in anti-fascist resistance, played a leading role in the Fourth International, and assisted Che Guevara with socialist economic planning after the Cuban Revolution. For many socialists, Mandel’s writings were their first encounter with Marxist theory and played an important role in their political education.

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