The Communist International: 100 years on

Date: Saturday 26th October
Time: 17:30 - 19:00
Location: Student Central, Upper Hall
Speaker: Alan Woods

The Third - Communist - International was founded on 2nd March 1919, on the basis of the Russian Revolution and the revolutionary movements that swept across Europe in the wake of the First World War.

The first five years of the Communist International represent a rich school of revolutionary theory, organisation, and strategy, based on the experiences of the titanic events that were shaking the world. Under the banner of the Comintern, Marxism was spread far beyond Europe, establishing mass parties in Asia, Africa and the Americas.

In this special plenary talk, Alan Woods explains how the Communist International was initially built; what the lessons are from the key debates that took place at its first four congresses; and why the International rapidly degenerated after Lenin’s death, under the bureaucratic leadership of Zinoviev and Stalin.

Recommend reading: 100 years on - the foundation of the Communist International

Recommend listening: The rise and fall of the Communist International