From International Socialism (1st series), No.15, Winter 1963/4, pp.38-39.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for the Marxists’ Internet Archive.
M.N. Roy’s Mission to China
Robert C. North and Xenia J. Eudin
University of California Press, 1963; $7.50.
This is a collection of documents of extraordinary value on Communist-Kuomintang relations during the Chinese revolution of 1925-27. It clearly describes the policy of Moscow in aligning with the Kuomintang, curtailing the peasants’ uprising, and delivering the working class of Shanghai, Canton, and other cities, to the mercy of the butcher, Chiang Kai-shek. The active role of Stalin in directing the policies of the Chinese CP, leading to the defeat of the revolution, comes out clearly in the material presented. The unclear role of M.N. Roy himself – one of the main agents of the Comintern in China – is also revealed. The book is invaluable for any student of the Chinese revolution of 1925-27, as well as the history of the opportunism of Stalin in the colonial struggle, wearing the dress of ‘revolution from above’.
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