Tosstorff, Reiner
April 2003
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Apr2003, Vol. 68 Issue 1, p79
Academic Journal
The Red International of Labour Unions has been neglected in studies of international Communism. This article remedies this absence by charting the organization's origins in the revolutionary alliance of Bolsheviles and syndicalists which led to its foundation in 1921; its subsequent Stalinization during the 1920s; and its unpublicised dissolution by the Comintern at the end of 1937. Formally separate, the RILU was always subordinate to the Comintern. RILU policies, ranging from a revolutionary industrial strategy, the pursuit of trade union unity, advocacy of red unions and support for the revolutionary trade union opposition, were determined within the wider imperatives of the United Front, the Third period and the Popular Front.


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