An Open Letter to Boris Souvarine. Souvarine says he wants to “examine the facts from a Marxist viewpoint”. But from a Marxist viewpoint, such general and. : Stalin: A Critical Survey of Bolshevism (): Boris Souvarine: Books. Biography. Boris Souvarine. Jean‐Louis Panné. Pages Published online: 12 Nov Download citation ·

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It showed the revolutionary elements of the parties of the Second International how to conduct a decisive struggle against opportunism by carrying the fight to a complete organisational break with the opportunists. He insisted that his underscoring of the essential incompatibilities between Marxism and Leninism and between Leninism and Stalinism exempted him from this label.

Lenin was the leading figure at the Conference. The true inaugural meeting was the Second Congress, held triumphantly in Petrograd and Moscow in Julyat a time when hopes of world revolution were high and Soviet power was more firmly established than it had been the previous year. In England, the split is an accomplished fact. In any case, he enjoyed life in Russia and was keen to perfect his Russian. Boris Souvarine Papers Boris Souvarine Papers consist in personal archives and collection materials of French communist Boris Souvarinewho bequeathed it to the Graduate Institute alongside with a part of his personal library.

Liebich, Andre, and Svetlana Yakimovich. Boris Souvarine Papers consist in personal archives and collection materials of French communist Boris Souvarinewho bequeathed it to the Graduate Institute alongside with a part of his personal library.

Boris Souvarine

In leaving Russia in he had been asked by David Riazanov, the erudite head of the Marx-Engels Institute, to help gather archival materials in Western Europe. Souvarine was a founding member of the French Communist Party and is noted for being the only non-Russian communist to have been a member of the Comintern for three years in succession. It turned out to be a cathartic experience as it purged Souvarine of his own past.

Theon the other hand, represent only the servile spirit of a handful of bourgeois flunkies within the proletariat. Martov and Axelrod have protested and advocated non-participation in the committees. What would remain I ask you, comrades, of international solidarity?

And it would be just as absurd not to recognise the legitimacy of wars of oppressed nations against their oppressors, wars that might break out today—rebellion of the Irish against England, for instance, rebellion of Morocco against France, or the Ukraine against Russia, etc He could not claim to be on terms of familiarity with Stalin himself as they had only met, for the first time, in August in the Caucasian spa town, Kislovodsk, where the two were vacationing.


His father, an artisan jeweler of modest though comfortable condition, moved the family to Paris in The genuine revolutionary internationalists are numeric ally weak?

The Prague Conference was of great international significance. A Biographical Portrait In: In other projects Wikimedia Commons. By this time, Trotsky was harshly criticizing Souvarine’s personal characteristics, and Trotsky stated that Souvarine was a journalist rather than a revolutionary.

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And Citizen Souvarine would have done better not to follow the bad example of Ledebour and In Zimmerwald, Trotsky re fused to join the Booris Left. Every war is only the continuation of policy.

It was not until the October Revolution in Russia that he came to espouse Bolshevik views and rekindled his Russian roots. The Boros strengthened the Party as an all-Russian organisation and defined its political line and tactics in the conditions of the new revolutionary upsurge.

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During the First World War was controlled by the socialist Right wing and followed a chauvinist policy. Only months later, in earlydid he return to France. Reflecting his continued faith in communism, in DecemberSouvarine made a formal request, that was denied, to be readmitted into the Executive Committee of the Comintern.

Guesde said at the time:. We will be glad to provide it with information about OpenEdition and its subscription offers. With regard to them we demand not merely struggle, but a split.

Graduate Institute Publications, Socialists always side with the oppressed and, consequently, cannot be opposed to wars souvwrine purpose is democratic or socialist struggle against oppression.

His criticisms of Stalinism were important sources for some souvaarine orthodox Trotskyists, such as C. The exiled Mensheviks showered Souvarine with both help and sympathy. Member of the Third Communist International from tohe was one of the founders of the French Communist Party, before he was expelled from it in She is fighting to give Russia Constantinople, etc And how can men who, after two years noris this greatest world crisis, give diametrically opposite answers to the supreme question of modern proletarian tactics, work faith fully side by side, within one and the same party?


Which classes are waging it? Due to lack of substantive evidence, he is released shortly after with Fernand Loriot and Pierre Monatte, who are all acquitted in March I am prepared to wager that they will not, for they know only too well that if they make such a statement, they will become a laughing stock in the eyes of the workers, they will be jeered at and souvarrine out of the socialist parties. For example, he condemned the celebrated Paris daily, Le Mondefor being more anti-American than anti-Soviet, a stance which made it, he believed, into an auxiliary of communism.

I take all the greater pleasure in replying, since his article touches on vital problems of international socialism. The question has only to be squarely souvagine and we get a perfectly clear answer: Because this minority really represented the interests of these masses, because it believed in the coming revolution, because it was prepared to serve it with supreme devotion.

One can souavrine find portraits of Bolshevik leaders, among which Lenin, Trotsky, Zinoviev, met by Boris Souvarine during his mandate to the Communist International in the early s.

OpenEdition is a web platform for electronic publishing and academic communication in the humanities and social sciences. The institute published the magazine Le Contrat Social. Leon Trotsky, whom only Souvarine had openly defended at the congress, avoided public references to his supporter. Wijnkoop and Henriette Roland-Holst.

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Until the end of his life, he loved to argue, as his later controversy with Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn demonstrates, however, with time he became evermore bitter and acidic. The Marxist viewpoint boriw that in each individual case we define the political content of the war. It appeared under this name until