Other titles by John Riddell

Coming soon: John Riddell is currently translating and editing the proceedings of the Fourth (1922) Congress of the Communist International, for a book that is tentatively scheduled for publication in 2010, as part of the Historical Materialism book series. An interview with Riddell about this project is posted here.)

Online Now: These pamphlets by John  Riddell are available as free downloads on Reading from the Left:

Comintern: Revolutionary Internationalism in Lenin’s Time

Cuba in a Time of Transition

Venezuela Eyewitness

Venezuela and the International Struggle for Socialism

La Vía Campesina: Farmers North and South Confront Agribusiness









The Communist International in Lenin’s Time
Six documentary volumes, edited by John Riddell

A unique documentary project

An essential resource for socialists and historians. The six volumes of this important series, published between 1984 and 1993 by Pathfinder Press, include hundreds of documents, speeches and resolutions, many of them unavailable in English anywhere else.

The books document the left-wing's fight for revolutionary policies in the Second International before World War I, the events and debates leading up to the creation of the Third (Communist) International in 1919, and the debates at the new International's first two Congresses in 1919 and 1920. The final volume covers the First Congress of the Peoples of the East, the meeting that for the first time united Marxists from Europe with revolutionary peasant and nationalist movements in Asia.

All six volumes include extensive introductions, annotations and biographical data, prepared by the series editor, John Riddell, who is an editor of Socialist Voice, and who has been a leading figure in the Marxist left in Canada, the United States and Europe for fifty years.

An indispensable contribution

  • “An indispensable contribution to our understanding of the century’s hopes, illusions, and achievements.” –E.J. Hobsbawm

  • “A valuable collection of documents, which will be very useful to students.”
    –Christopher Hill

  • “Reflects good judgment and relative even-handedness. Leading participants … speak for themselves.” Slavic Review

  • “Rich scholarly raw material excellently presented for use…. Offers fascinating insights.” –Russian History/Histoire Russe

  • “The book is carefully edited, the translations read smoothly, and the work as a whole hanags together extremely well…. Immensely useful for teaching purposes.” Journal of Communist Studies

  • “An invaluable assembly of revealing key documents, many of them unavailable elsewhere in English.” Labour/Le Travail

  • “The definitive version [of the Second Congress proceedings]…. Interesting photographs, a glossary … sketches of various organizations, and an index further add to the usefulness of these volumes. Anyone interested in 20th Century political history is in the debt of those who made them possible.”

Six volumes

This volumes of this series can be purchased directly from the publisher, Pathfinder Press, or from major online booksellers such as Barnes and Noble or Amazon.

Lenin's Struggle for a Revolutionary International
Documents, 1907-1916 The Preparatory Years.
841 pages. ISBN: 978-0-87348-928-7

The German Revolution and the Debate on Soviet Power Documents, 1918-1919: Preparing the Founding Congress
687 pages. ISBN: 978-0-87348-917-1

Founding the Communist International
Proceedings and Documents of the First Congress, March 1919
503 pages. ISBN: 978-0-87348-943-0


Workers of the World and Oppressed Peoples, Unite! (Volume 1)
Proceedings and Documents of the Second Congress
of the Communist International, 1920 
632 pages. ISBN: 978-0-87348-940-9

Workers of the World and Oppressed Peoples, Unite! (Volume 2)
Proceedings and Documents of the Second Congress of the Communist International, 1920 
592 pages. ISBN: 978-0-87348-941-6

To See the Dawn! Baku, 1920

First Congress of the Peoples
of the East
368 pages ISBN: 978-0-87348-769-6



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