Three articles by Leon Trotsky. Trotsky wrote the first two essays in 1935, on the 40th anniversary of the death of Friedrich Engels, the lifelong collaborator of Karl Marx.
In the first essay, Trotsky reviews Karl Kautsky’s recently published book of Engels correspondence with Kautsky, which shed light on the tensions between “The General” and his pupil. The second essay from 1935 exposes the lies as well as the “ignorance, heedlessness and irresponsibility” of Stalinist hacks writing on Engels’ life and work in Pravda. The final essay is a short obituary of Kautsky, who died in 1938.
The Appendix includes Engels’ 1889 notes on the French Revolution of 1789. Engels demanded “better secondary sources, and a whole lot of primary sources” for Kautsky’s series on class antagonisms in the French Revolution. Engels provides detailed examples on the life of the peasants from his own reading.