Russian revolution

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Articles covering the 1900 - 1924 period in Russia

Review: The Bolsheviks in Power

Review of a new book on the first year of Bolshevik power. Documents the Bolshevik assault on soviet democracy and the opposition.

How the Revolution was Lost?

A critique of the standard Leninist account of the degeneration of the Russian Revolution, using the SWP's How the Revolution was Lost (by Chris Harman) as its basis.

How Revolutions must not be made

A review of Goldman's account of her experiences in Russia, plus a review of a classic collection of Kropotkin' essays. Both contain much wisdom for modern revolutionaries.

1905

Overview of the 1905 Russian revolution, plus an analysis of why Rosa Luxemburg's account of the mass strike is wrong about anarchism.

Workers Against Lenin

A short review of a book which discusses labour protest under Lenin. Essential reading.

The Bolshevik Revolution: A legacy better rejected

A short overview of the anarchist critique of the Leninist counter-revolution.

Kronstadt 1921: the end of the Bolshevik Myth

An anarchist overview of the Kronstadt rebellion, written to mark its 85th anniversay. It exposes the various slanders by Leninists against it.

Review: Kronstadt 1917-1921

Review of Israel Getzler's essential book about the Kronstadt soviet and rebellion.

The Makhnovists, anarchism, militarism and civil war during the Russian revolution

Makhno in Ukraine with army commandersAS ANARCHISTS believe the bosses will resist a revolution, it follows that we accept the need for armed force to defend the revolution. But anarchists also oppose militarism, that includes standing armies controlled by the state with officers who have special privileges like extra rations, better quarters, saluting, etc. So what alternative do anarchists propose? [ Greek translation ]

Freedom and Revolution: Learning from Russia

Does the end justify the means? Many on the left believe so. Aileen O'Carroll argues that the means used play a part in creating the end that is achieved. The best example of this is the Russian Revolution of 1917.

  


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