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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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Introduction: Lenin and the Withering Away of the State


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Lenin and the Withering Away of the State

For some readers the first three words in the title of this book, History and Education, will elicit an immediate question: why history and education and not the history of education? It is a subtle yet profound difference. This is not a history of education text in either the traditional chronological sense or the more contemporary thematic format. The closest I come to advancing a history of education is chapter 2, which offers a history of the history of education from a unique Marxist framework, focusing on the colonial and common school eras. These eras are highlighted because they are key moments of expansion and control for capital’s position within what was fast becoming, with the colonization of the Caribbean and the Americas in the sixteenth century, a global class war.

Overall, however, it is a book that takes Marx’s contributions to the field of history as a central optic that is fundamental for engaging the global class war, because it examines the worldwide driving force, capitalism, developmentally and dialectically, where new eras are not conceived as emerging separately from the world as it exists, but always out of the contradictions of existing conditions.

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