At a recent meeting of the International Marxist Tendency in Canada, Alex Grant, editor of Fightback magazine, speaks on the writings of Trotsky in the 1930’s. This period, encompassing the Great Depression and mass revolutionary movements, is a goldmine of ideas for today’s youth and working class activists. Grant gives an overview of the flavour of Trotsky’s writings of the period in order to encourage further reading and study.




This speech only has time to touch on a variety of issues over the period. The intention is to be in introduction to spark interest in the works from this period. To aid the listener in deeper study, here are links to relevant works. Unfortunately, many more are not online.

Transitional Demands during Economic Crisis

World Unemployment and the First Five Year Plan

Germany & 3rd Period Stalinism

The Turn in the Communist International and the Situation in Germany

Germany: from Revolution to Counter-Revolution – Rob Sewell

Germany, The Key to the International Situation

For a 4th International

To Build Communist Parties and an International Anew

Open Letter for the Fourth International

On the Founding of the Fourth International

Crisis in France

A Program of Action for France

Whither France?

Spanish Revolution

The Lesson of Spain

The Lessons of Spain: The Last Warning

Witch-hunt Trials

I Stake My Life!

The Stalin School of Falsification

Traditions of Organizing a Revolutionary Party

On Democratic Centralism and the Regime

Death of Leon Sedov

Leon Sedov – 70 years since his murder – Rob Sewell

Their Morals and Ours