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Modernism, Internationalism and the Russian Revolution$
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David Ayers

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780748647330

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748647330.001.0001

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The Criterion, the English Trotsky and the Idea of Europe

The Criterion, the English Trotsky and the Idea of Europe

(p.191) Chapter 7 The Criterion, the English Trotsky and the Idea of Europe
Modernism, Internationalism and the Russian Revolution

David Ayers

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter narrates the moment in which T.S. Eliot came to identify the Russian Revolution as the main event of the war and the motive for a re-evaluation of Europe’s position in the world. Eliot’s review of Trotsky in the Criterion introduces an account of the extensive and prominent publication of Trotsky’s works in Britain and responses to them by such figures as Maynard Keynes and even Stanley Baldwin, and the chapter concludes with an account of Valéry’s role in shaping Eliot’s thought on Europe, in the famous essay which he wrote for Middleton Murry’s Athenaeum.

Keywords:   T.S. Eliot, Trotsky, Maynard Keynes, Stanley Baldwin, The Criterion, Paul Valéry, John Middleton Murry, The Athenaeum, Europe

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