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A contribution to the history of the Fourth International

Thursday 28 November 2019, by Philomena O’Malley

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A new contribution to writing the history of the Fourth International was published in November 2019: Memoirs of a critical communist; Towards a history of the Fourth International by Livio Maitan.

The book was launched at a well-attended panel at the London Historical Materialism conference on 9 November 2019. The speakers included Penelope Duggan who edited and referenced the book, the main translator Gregor Benton speaking by video from Borneo, Franco Turigliatto a longtime comrade of Maitan in both the Italian section and the Fourth International leadership, and Josep Maria Antentas of Anticapitalistas, Spanish state.

Speakers underlined the picture of commitment through difficult periods as well as those of new upsurges and growth given in the book; and its contribution not only to a history of the Fourth Interntional but understanding how the effort to understand the changing situation and how to build revolutionary organizations in downturns and upswings is the basis of this commitment.

Franco Turigliatto also traced in more detail Livio’s activity through his involvement in the Fourth International’s leadership, his contribution can be read in full here “Livio Maitan’s last book”.

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