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History and Education

Engaging the Global Class War


Curry Stephenson Malott

History and Education is a text that engages the history of the global class war, from the United States to the former Soviet Union, from the People’s Republic of China to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, in order to contribute to the development of communist pedagogy. Central to this communist pedagogy is the struggle for Native American sovereignty and for the self-determination of oppressed nations within the U.S. Pedagogical theory is mobilized to highlight the centrality of seizing state power in the movement for transforming capitalist production relations and bourgeois society into socialist relations and a communist form of society premised on the self-determination of racial, ethnic, and linguistic minorities. In the process History and Education challenges both the white chauvinism of pure proletarian communists as well as the anti-communism that, for decades, has dominated the Left in general, and the educational Left in particular, especially in the U.S. The book contributes to the current resurgence in the popularity and appeal of socialism as an achievable and necessary internationalist, solidarity-based alternative to capitalism.
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First and foremost, all respect and appreciation are in order for Peter McLaren. McLaren’s groundbreaking work in Marxist pedagogy is the foundation from which this book stems. For this, I could never thank him enough. Many thanks also need to be expressed for the consistent support from Chris Myers and Peter Lang Publishing. In addition, I would like to thank Derek Ford for not only his support and friendship but also for his invaluable feedback and assistance reviewing and editing History and Education, and for his brilliant and generous foreword. Major thanks go out to Walter Smolarek for his invaluable comments on early drafts of the manuscript. I would also like to express my deep appreciation for the preface Eugene Puryear wrote. Finally, I would like to thank the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) for advancing the proletarian camp of the global class war, which was the primary inspiration for writing this book. Being a member of the PSL is a high honor, making it crystal clear to me that being a member of a communist party should be viewed as a source of extreme pride.

I would like to thank the following publications for permission to reprint the following sources: ← xix | xx →


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