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Here James explores the paradox about the founding of the Third Communist International in 1919 at a time of defeat. James discusses the German Revolution of 1918 and events in Austria and their stifling at the hands of Social Democratic governments. The isolation of German revolutionaries like Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht is contrasted to Lenin, who had built a revolutionary party in Russia before the revolution erupted. Lenin’s determination to found the Third Communist International in 1919 against the odds nonetheless for James was the right decision.

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