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About the Communist International publishing project

January 3, 2011

The record of the Communist International (Comintern) during Lenin’s lifetime, 1919-23, is widely considered by Marxists to form the foundation of revolutionary socialist policy in the modern era. Nonetheless, many of the basic documents of this movement were long unavailable in English. This website provides a road map to my work in publishing and analysing this source material, in three divisions.

Pathfinder Press

In 1983, Pathfinder Press in New York initiated a project to publish this documentary record, including important landmarks of the Comintern’s preparatory years, reaching back to 1907. The series was entitled The Communist International in Lenin’s Time. During the next ten years, six volumes were published under my editorship, including 3,623 pages of new translations and annotation covering the period 1907-1920.

Although publication was suspended in 1993, the Pathfinder volumes remain in print and are widely available in academic libraries. For a description and book listing, see The Communist International in Lenin’s Time.

Historical Materialism Book Series / Haymarket Books

In 2008, I resumed translating and compiling documentary volumes on the Comintern in collaboration with Historical Materialism Book Series, an imprint of Brill Academic Publishers that has a vigorous publishing program on Communist history. These books also appear in a paperback edition published by Haymarket Books. Three projected volumes will cover the years 1921-23.

The first installment, “Toward the United Front: Proceedings of the Fourth Congress of the Communist International, 1922,” appeared in 2011 (hardcover) and 2012 (paperback). See book description.

The second installment, “To the Masses: Proceedings of the Third Congress of the Communist International, 1921,” will be published in 2014 (hardcover) and 2015 (paperback). It will contain about 1,300 pages, including 150 pages of appendices, most of them previously unpublished.

A third installment will present the record of three expanded conferences of the Comintern Executive Committee held in 1922-23.

Interpretative studies

The documentary record of the Comintern provides the basis for a reassessment of the international revolutionary movement in Lenin’s time. My articles and working papers on this topic will be collected here on line under the topic heading, “Communist International: Articles.”

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