The publication of Problems of Everyday Life coincided with the beginning of Trotsky’s fight against the rising Stalinist bureaucracy. The first section contains some of his most important articles and speeches on questions of everyday life, culture, and education, first published in the Soviet daily Pravda in the early 1920s, and then as a book. A final article from December 1939 is The ABC of Dialectical Materialism.
This edition includes a selection of Trotsky’s writings on education, on culture, science, and technology, and the materialist world outlook. Under conditions of the defeats of the international working class in the 1920s and the continued isolation of the Soviet Union, the revolutionary regime faced the task of raising the cultural level of the broad working masses.
PART 1 – PROBLEMS OF EVERYDAY LIFE – 13 articles
PART 2 – EDUCATION AND CULTURE – 14 articles
PART 3 – SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY – 4 articles
PART 4 – THE MATERIALIST OUTLOOK – 8 articles