World Socialism Studies Reviews
A new magazine published in China opens a big window on world socialism
by Andrea Catone
We present here the abstracts of the issues of World Socialism Studies 世界社会主义研究, a magazine in Chinese directed by Li Shenming, published by the World Socialism Research Center at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), which has been organizing important international conferences for several years, with the participation of hundreds of scholars and researchers from around the world, on topics of great importance such as “Current situation and development trends of global socialism and left-wing thinking” (2013); “The globalization of socialism, inevitable outcome of the path of humanity” (in 2014, 20th anniversary of the establishment of the World Socialism Research Center); “Colourful revolutions and cultural hegemony” (2015); “Developing and innovating Marxism in the 21st century” (2016); “Characteristics of the era of great transformation and socialism with Chinese characteristics” (2017). In addition, two World Culture Forums (2015 and 2017) were held, which clearly set the theme of the struggle for the spread and development of a Marxist and socialist culture at world level, taking the field of culture as one of the fundamental areas in which the class struggle for socialism is practiced.
The magazine World Socialism Studies, in continuity with the activity that has been carried out for years by the World Socialism Research Center, proposes – as comrade Wang Liquiang tells us – to promote cooperation with magazines and study centers all over the world, in the perspective of a tight critique of capitalism and imperialism in all their aspects and a common advance towards socialism. The magazine MarxVentuno, together with the site, feels and intends to be an active part of this collective work at world level, to which the Chinese Communists and Marxists are giving an increasingly important contribution in recent years.
The first issue of World Socialism Studies was released in autumn 2016. A further 12 have followed so far. In the 13 issues of the magazine so far – 1400 large pages, about 200 articles – the ideological, political and cultural orientation of the World Socialism Research Center clearly emerges. For a comprehensive illustration of the main issues addressed, you can read here “The Chinese magazine World Socialism Studies is in its third year”.
by Andrea Catone
Since several years, Chinese Communists have intensified an activity aimed at making their positions and their elaborations better known to the Communists, Marxists and anti-imperialists of all the world, both on the processes underway in China along the path of “socialism with Chinese characteristics”, as well as on the changes in the world framework and on the strategies of the international workers’ movement and of the anti-imperialist struggles and resistance.
he World Socialism Research Center (WSRC) at CASS, led by Li Shenming (whom the readers of MarxVentuno magazine know for some articles in previous issues), does not spare efforts to promote and develop international exchange opportunities at 360 degrees, with representatives of communist and workers parties, representatives of liberation and emancipation movements, intellectuals and organizers of Marxist, communist, anti-imperialist study centres and magazines from all over the world, to deepen the most interesting and burning issues. In recent years, on an annual basis, World Socialism Research Center, in collaboration with other bodies, including the CPC Foreign Department, has organized world forums in Beijing – usually in October, after the National Day for the Founding of the Peoples Republic of China – which have involved hundreds of communists, Marxists, left-wing representatives from around the world and allowed the study of fundamental issues such as: Analysis and implications of the great international financial crisis; Changes in the world framework; Characteristics of contemporary imperialism; the Imperialist Strategy of “Colored Revolutions”; Tasks and action of the communist parties and the workers’ movement in the present phase; Meaning and developments of the October Revolution; Developments of socialism with Chinese characteristics. These forums were joined by in-depth forums on Mao Zedong and the Mass Line (2014) or, in Ningbo, on Reform and Opening up and Practice of Chinese Socialism (2017).