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New Left Review I/50, July-August 1968

Monty Johnstone

Trotsky and the Debate on Socialism in One Country

The object of the present essay is to examine one area of the debate recently engaged in nlr between Nicolas Krassó and Ernest Mandel—the question of ‘Socialism in One Country’. This great historical controversy, waged from the outset in somewhat elusive terms and encrusted today with decades of polemical distortions by both sides, is one where it is particularly important to make an objective and balanced estimate of Trotsky’s position, without any ideological or psychological disposition to ‘vindicate’ one side as against the other.

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