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Prophets Unarmed: Chinese Trotskyists in Revolution, War, Jail, and the Return from Limbo ed. by Gregor Benton (review)

Prophets Unarmed: Chinese Trotskyists in Revolution, War, Jail, and the Return from Limbo ed. by... Reviews Gregor Benton, editor. Prophets Unarmed: Chinese Trotskyists in Revolution, War, Jail, and the Return from Limbo. Historical Materialism Book Series, vol. 81. The Netherlands: Brill, 2015. xvii, 1289 pp. Hardcover $263.00, ISBN 978-90-04-26976-7. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2017. Paperback $55.00, ISBN 978-1608465545. Opposition to Chinese communist policies by a variety of political actors—for example the Guomindang—has been well documented. Less well known is the dissident movement that emerged within the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) itself, namely the Left Opposition or Trotskyist movement. As in the Soviet Union, which played a key role in the events, this opposition was based on a revolutionary socialist critique of the CCP leadership, not on an anti- communist platform. Prophets Unarmed is by far the most authoritative study of the Chinese Trotskyists. Editor Gregor Benton, Emeritus Professor at Cardiff University, Wales, has a very distinguished record of publications on Chinese history and society. He has made a unique contribution to the historiography of the Chinese revolution, the New Fourth Army, and other political and military campaigns of the 1930s and 1940s. One of his major achievements has been to analyze and document strands of dissidence within and around the CCP. Based on decades of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Prophets Unarmed: Chinese Trotskyists in Revolution, War, Jail, and the Return from Limbo ed. by Gregor Benton (review)

China Review International , Volume 23 (3) – Sep 20, 2018

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Reviews Gregor Benton, editor. Prophets Unarmed: Chinese Trotskyists in Revolution, War, Jail, and the Return from Limbo. Historical Materialism Book Series, vol. 81. The Netherlands: Brill, 2015. xvii, 1289 pp. Hardcover $263.00, ISBN 978-90-04-26976-7. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2017. Paperback $55.00, ISBN 978-1608465545. Opposition to Chinese communist policies by a variety of political actors—for example the Guomindang—has been well documented. Less well known is the dissident movement that emerged within the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) itself, namely the Left Opposition or Trotskyist movement. As in the Soviet Union, which played a key role in the events, this opposition was based on a revolutionary socialist critique of the CCP leadership, not on an anti- communist platform. Prophets Unarmed is by far the most authoritative study of the Chinese Trotskyists. Editor Gregor Benton, Emeritus Professor at Cardiff University, Wales, has a very distinguished record of publications on Chinese history and society. He has made a unique contribution to the historiography of the Chinese revolution, the New Fourth Army, and other political and military campaigns of the 1930s and 1940s. One of his major achievements has been to analyze and document strands of dissidence within and around the CCP. Based on decades of

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China Review InternationalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Sep 20, 2018

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