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Sartre against Stalinism

Author: Ian H Birchall
Publisher: New York ; Oxford : Berghahn Books, 2004.
Series: Berghahn monographs in French studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Most critics of Jean-Paul Sartre's political evolution have emphasised his allegedly sympathetic and uncritical attitude to Stalinist Communism due to a large extent to their equation of Marxism with Stalinism. It is true that Sartre was guilty of many serious misjudgements with regard to the USSR and the French Communist Party but his relationship with the Marxist Left was much more complex and contradictory than
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Named Person: Jean-Paul Sartre; Jean-Paul Sartre; Jean-Paul Sartre
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian H Birchall
ISBN: 1571816216 9781571816214 1571815422 9781571815422
OCLC Number: 53191391
Description: xiii, 242 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction : claiming the corpse --
pt. I. The making of a rebel --
2. 'La Communiste' --
3. The threat of fascism --
4. War within war --
pt. II. Postwar choices --
5. The better choice --
6. Materialism or revolution? --
7. The spectre of Trotsky --
8. The RDR --
9. Which camp? --
pt. III. Rapprochement with Stalinism --
10. Reorientation --
11. Dangerous liaison --
12. Debate with the far left --
13. Laying the ghost --
pt. IV. Towards a new left --
14. From practice to theory --
15. The battle over Algeria --
16. Rebuilding the left --
17. May to December --
18. Conclusion : Sartre's century?
Series Title: Berghahn monographs in French studies.
Responsibility: Ian H. Birchall.

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