The Bolsheviks Come to Power

The Bolsheviks Come to Power : The Revolution of 1917 in Petrograd

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'The best volume on the Russian Revolution in years ... What is so valuable about the book is that it undoes both rigid stereotypes: that the Leninism is inherently and always `correct', pointing straight toward revolutionary triumph, and that of Leninism as always rigidly authoritarian, pointing straight toward dictatorship. A first-rate piece of work.' Irving Howe

'Alexander Rabinowitch ... has written what is perhaps the fullest and most reliable account of the Bolshevik seizure of power currently available in English ... Based on a solid command of the sources, it is scholarly and well documented yet accessible to the general reader, with its clear and vigorous style and interesting illustrations ... Should be read by every person interested in the Russian Revolution.' Paul Avrich, Russian Review

'The Bolsheviks Come To Power is one of the most important books on the Russian Revolution of 1917 to appear in many years. It is revisionist scholarship in the best and truest sense. Both political and social history, it greatly expands on our detailed knowledge of the turbulent events of that year, while deepening and revising our understanding of the Bolshevik Party and the social factors that brought it to power.' Stephen F. Cohen
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Product details

  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 29.72mm | 789.25g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745322697
  • 9780745322698

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Table of contents

List of Illustrations



Acknowledgements



Note on Transliteration, Dates and Terminology



Introduction



The July Uprising

The Bolsheviks Under Fire

Petrograd During the Reaction

The Ineffectiveness of Repression

The Bolshevik Resurgence

The Rise of Kornilov

Kornilov Versus Kerensky

The Bolsheviks and Kornilov's Defeat

The Question of a New Government

"All Power to the Soviets"

Lenin's campaign for an Insurrection

Obstacles To An Uprising

The Garrison Crisis and the Military Revolutionary Committee

On the Eve

The Bolsheviks Come to Power



Epilogue



Notes



Selected Bibliography



Index
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The Bolsheviks Come To Power remains the best book on the 1917 Russian revolution-a seminal study of events that shaped history for decades and continues to do so even today. Both political and social history, it greatly expands on our detailed knowledge of the turbulent events of that year, while deepening and revising our understanding of the Bolshevik Party and the social factors that brought it to power. -- Stephen F. Cohen, New York University ...I know of no previous work which has so skillfully presented the fluctuating state of the mood of the 'masses' in the Russian capital in those fateful months. -- The New York Review of Books By far the most important academic study of 1917 -- Kevin Murphy
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About Alexander Rabinowitch

Alexander Rabinowitch is an Affiliated Research Scholar at St. Petersburg Institute of History, Russian Academy of Sciences. Between 1968-1999 he was Professor of History at Indiana University. He is the author of the classic The Bolsheviks Come to Power (Pluto, 2017), Prelude to Revolution (Indiana University Press, 1991), and The Bolsheviks in Power (Indiana University Press, 2008).
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