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6 The Turn and the Theoretical Crisis Deepen

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From late 1929 through early 1933 Trotsky continued his Turkish exile, living most of this period with members of his family and a few supporters on the island of Prinkipo. In these years Trotsky devoted part of his time to writing his History of the Russian Revolution, and another portion to resolving the myriad political and organisational questions that confronted his new international organisation, the International Left Opposition (ILO). He also dedicated a great deal of attention to developments in Soviet economic policy, Comintern policy, and policies related to the partystate regime of the USSR. Furthermore, he had viewed the worsening of the state and party regime as directly related to the leadership's rightist orientation. Even while implementing its new course, the leadership continued to institute policies that Trotsky viewed as deviating even further from workers' democracy. In this context the crisis in his theoretical perspective deepened dramatically.

Keywords: Comintern policy; democracy; Germany; Stalin; theoretical crisis; Trotsky



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