Prophets Unarmed: Chinese Trotskyists in Revolution, War, Jail, and the Return from Limbo (Historical Materialism)

Prophets Unarmed: Chinese Trotskyists in Revolution, War, Jail, and the Return from Limbo (Historical Materialism)

Language: English

Pages: 1269

ISBN: 1608465543

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Prophets Unarmed is an authoritative sourcebook on the Chinese Communist Party’s main early opposition, the Chinese Trotskyists. Opposed from Moscow by Stalin, and by Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong in China, the Trotskyists were China’s most persecuted political party. Though harassed nearly out of existence their standpoints and proposals—reproduced here—are not without relevance to China’s present political moment. Drawing on dozens of oral history interviews with survivors, this study of Chinese Trotskyism is exhaustive and groundbreaking.

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Jimin’s book, I feel that if these materials can induce the Chinese Communist Party to follow the example of the former Communist Party of the Soviet Union in the 1980s, when they redressed the gross injustice perpetrated against Trotsky, and resolve the Chinese Trotskyist question, some 46 part 1: Purgatory: Ordeal & Struggle by wu jimin honour would be redeemed. The book mentions the case of Zheng Chaolin, a veteran cadre of the Chinese Communist Party and a staunch Trotskyist, who in his

Propaganda Bureau and editor of Guide Weekly. His wife Xiang Jingyu was put in charge of the Women’s Bureau. Many in the Party admired and wished to emulate Cai and Xiang’s marriage. However, Cai Hesen developed severe asthma, and because of the poor environment and unavailability of treatment, he was short of breath. Also, Cai paid little attention to his health. Whenever he was busy, he skipped meals. He did not care about his appearance either, and his bedroom was piled high with books and

an open letter in his defence. Wang Ming published a commentary in New China Daily that forced Chen Duxiu to defend himself against the charge. Things got lively and there was a big argument. Shi Ximin, head of the news-desk at New China Daily, later recalled: New China Daily suddenly announced that Chen Duxiu was a traitor, arousing suspicion and concern among knowledgeable people. Even Professor Zhang Ximan, a famous scholar and social activist who was close to our Party, expressed

people were members of two parties, we Trotskyists can do that too. We can go into the Communist Party to study and engage in activities, and to develop our organisation’. On 22 December 1952, Zhou Rensheng and his wife Zhao Qingyin were arrested in the nationwide purge of the Trotskyists. The arrests caused uproar throughout Haidun Middle School. Neither teachers nor students believed their principal Zhou Rensheng, head of the county propaganda department, was a ‘heinous criminal’ and a

the kitchen or under the eaves, the girl and the provisions were wont to vanish without trace. The candidates were protected by their exalted status as ‘intelligentsia’, so the landlords did not dare charge them with crimes like seduction or theft. While they were out shopping, if the candidates had the chance they would shoplift, concealing objects in their sleeves. If the shopkeeper saw this and protested, the culprits would say, ‘We have received the Imperial order to enter the provincial

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