This massive collection of texts by and on Chinese Trotskyists continues Gregor Benton's longstanding work to bring this important left opposition tradition to light. The simplified narrative of the Chinese civil war as struggle between the Nationalist Party on the right and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on the left has remained dominant in part because of the lack of sources on alternative currents, and Prophets Unarmed more than any other work will help remedy that situation. The collection, divided into eighteen parts, is made up of autobiographies, introductions, letters, speeches, articles, and obituaries from Chinese Trotskyists and their interlocutors, including Trotsky himself, as well as some secondary writing on them.

Chinese Trotskyism emerged following the failure of the First United Front with the Nationalists in 1927, seen by the Trotskyists as the defeat of the revolution. While the Soviets and Stalin blamed Chen Duxiu, then head of the party,...

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