Paul Le Blanc and Kunal Chattopadhyay edit the latest addition to the Get Political series, Leon Trotsky: Writings in Exile. To mark the release of the book Pluto is launching a new campaign to promote the writings of past revolutionaries amongst today’s activists and radical scholars. Visit the new Get Political website for more details.
Writings in Exile
Leon Trotsky, edited by Kunal Chattopadhyay and Paul Le Blanc
Introduces the writings of Leon Trotsky
“Leon Trotsky stands as a shining beacon amid the revolutionary events of our epoch. Out of the vast ideological arsenal he produced, Trotsky always considered that his most important works were those from his years in exile, which remain essential reading for those seeking to bring about fundamental change today. Kunal Chattopadhyay and Paul Le Blanc have done a great service in helping to make available, in a single volume, these texts to new generations of revolutionary activists.” – Esteban Volkow, Grandson of Leon Trotsky and President of the Board, Leon Trotsky House Museum, Coyoacan, Mexico
“This bracing book provides theoretical nourishment for our times, just as millions take to the streets worldwide demanding a just economic system. Leon Trotsky hit the world stage as President of the St. Petersburg Soviet in the 1905 Russian Revolution. … Trotsky continues to educate and inspire, his flame refuses to be extinguished.” – Suzi Weissman, Professor of Politics, Saint Mary’s College of California
Vijay Mehta’s The Economics of Killing has picked up a huge array of endorsements from, amongst others, Tony Benn, Deepak Chopra, Bruce Kent, Caroline Lucas and Arun Gandhi. Vijay will be launching the book on the 8th March at the Hilton Hotel Euston in Central London. Visit Pluto Events for more details.
How the West Fuels War and Poverty in the Developing World
Shows how Western governments are trapping the developing world in a cycle of violence and poverty.
“We live in a rich world and yet increasingly people are getting caught in the poverty trap and facing real hardship and pain. Vijay Mehta’s excellent book sets out the problems and solutions, and challenges us all to create the spiritual and political will to implement policies which will bring about real change and give hope to humanity.” – Mairead Maguire, Irish peace activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner.
“The Economics of Killing brilliantly links the deepening economic crisis facing the West with the dynamics of militarism that is wreaking havoc on the planet. Everyone who cares about the future must read this groundbreaking book.” – Richard Falk, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights for the Palestinian Territories, Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University, USA
In Pakistan: The US, Geopolitics and Grand Strategies, Julian Schofield and Usama Butt bring together a range of prominent analysts and commentators, including Pakistan’s former Foreign Minister, to look at Pakistan’s geo-political position within the global order. What makes the book unique is its analysis of Pakistan’s relationship not just with the USA but also with China, India, the Arab Gulf and the European Union.
The US, Geopolitics and Grand Strategies
Edited by Usama Butt and Julian Schofield
“This deeply-researched, well-thought-out and comprehensive book makes an important contribution to our understanding of Pakistani policy and the vexed subject of US-Pakistani relations.” – Professor Anatol Lieven, War Studies, King’s College London and author of Pakistan: A Hard Country
“Pakistan’s complex and increasingly stressful relationship with the US cannot be analysed in isolation from its other regional interests, including those relating to China and Iran, let alone India. This wide-ranging study by scholars from diverse backgrounds provides much-needed analysis of this wider context. It is a singularly valuable contribution to a field of study all too often dominated by a particular national orientation.” – Professor Paul Rogers, Peace Studies, Bradford University
In Discordant Development: Global Capitalism and the Struggle for Connection in Bangladesh, Katy Gardner draws on her longstanding research to reveal the complex and contradictory ways that local people attempt to connect to, and are disconnected by, foreign capital. She takes as her main case study the building of a gas plant by a vast multinational close to four densely populated villages in rural Bangladesh.
Global Capitalism and the Struggle for Connection in Bangladesh
Based on extensive field work, looks at the impact of a multinational mining company on four densely populated villages in rural Bangladesh.
“Katy Gardner treads a finely judged line, keeping both neoliberal developers and anti-globalisation activists at arm’s length in order to describe relations at a human scale, thereby doing for development what anthropology ought. She addresses a number of highly topical issues include the paradoxical developmental effects of extractive industries, Corporate Social Responsibility as a form of neoliberal governmentality (handled especially well), microfinance and corruption. This is an extremely rare opening up of the world of ordinary people affected by such schemes.” – David Mosse, Professor of Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London