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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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Eugene Puryear*

In his 1872 preface to the French edition of Capital, Marx famously relates to a French translator that there is “no royal road to science, and only those who do not dread the fatiguing climb of its steep paths have a chance of gaining its luminous summits.”1 The context of the quote is an apology of sorts. Marx laments the difficulty of moving through some of the early chapters. Particularly regrettable, in his view, since this translation was being brought out in a serial form that “will be more accessible to the working class, a consideration which to me outweighs everything else.”2

Marx’s note strikes with particular relevance as one works their way through Curry Malott’s History and Education. Not so much the content of the quote but its context. Marx was writing in the midst of a period of great struggle. In the wake of the Commune, emigres streamed into London from abroad.

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