One hundred years after the outbreak of World War I and the Russian Revolution, none of the problems of the twentieth century—devastating wars, economic crises, social inequality, and the threat of dictatorship—have been solved. In fact, they are posed even more sharply today.
David North argues against contemporary historians who maintain that the dissolution of the USSR signaled the “end of history” (Fukuyama), or the “short twentieth century”(Hobsbawm).
Disputing postmodernism’s view that all history is merely subjective “narrative,” North insists that a thorough materialist knowledge of history is vital for humanity’s survival in the twenty-first century.
|About the Author||David North is the chairman of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site. He is the author of numerous books, articles, and lectures on questions relating to contemporary US and international politics, European and Soviet history, and the history of the Trotskyist movement, including A Quarter Century of War: The US Drive for Global Hegemony 1990-2016; The Frankfurt School, Postmodernism and the Politics of the Pseudo-Left; The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century; In Defense of Leon Trotsky; The Crisis of American Democracy; Marxism, History and Socialist Consciousness; and The Heritage We Defend.|