New edition of Trotsky’s writings, including an Introduction “What is Fascism?” by David North, and an extensive Timeline.
Following the 1929 Wall Street crash, Trotsky fights to orient and unite the working class against the rise of fascism in Germany. In essays from 1932, especially What Next? and The Only Road for Germany, he examines the political and social origins of fascism and elaborates the strategical and tactical methods to defend the working class against this deadly menace, including the “United Front” and the arming of the working class for self defense.
After Hitler and the Nazi party come to power in 1933, Trotsky strives to orient the French working class in its struggle against the emergence of armed fascist bands, essays published as Whither France? in 1934.
His final essay, published posthumously in October 1940, addresses the American working class.
Throughout, he stresses that a revolutionary orientation by the working class is the only basis for winning vacillating elements of the middle class to the side of socialism.