A People's History of the Russian Revolution

A People's History of the Russian Revolution

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The Russian Revolution may well be the most misunderstood event in modern history. In this fast-paced introduction, Neil Faulkner debunks the myths that continue to shroud it, showing how a mass movement of millions, organised in democratic assemblies, mobilised for militant action and destroyed a regime of landlords, profiteers and warmongers.Faulkner rejects caricatures of Lenin and the Bolsheviks as authoritarian conspirators, `democratic-centralists' or the progenitors of Stalinist dictatorship; though short-lived, the Revolution of October 1917 was an explosion of democracy and creativity. Crushed by bloody counter-revolution, its socialist vision was ultimately displaced by a monstrous form of bureaucratic state-capitalism.Laced with first-hand testimony, this history rescues the democratic essence of the revolution from its detractors and deniers, offering a perfect primer for the modern reader.Published in partnership with the Left Book Club.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 25.4mm | 793.79g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745399045
  • 9780745399041
  • 1,768,653

About Neil Faulkner

Neil Faulkner is a leading Marxist historian. A Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, he is the author of numerous books, including A Marxist History of the World: from Neanderthals to Neoliberals (Pluto, 2013) and Lawrence of Arabia's War (Yale, 2016). He appears regularly on TV and was a lead consultant on Sky Atlantic's The British series.show more

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'Vivid and readable ... A valuable perspective on a world-shaking event' -- Karen Shook, Times Higher Education 'Reeks of the vodka, blood, and gunpowder of one of the most vital and important periods in human history. It is a powerful book for an anniversary those in charge would rather we forgot' -- Tansy E. Hoskins, author of Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion (Pluto, 2014) 'Among the countless books which are beginning to appear as the centenary of the Russian Revolution approaches, there is a real need for a clear, historically reliable popular account from a socialist perspective. Neil Faulkner's A People's History is that account.' -- Neil Davidson, author of We Cannot Escape History: Nations, States, and Revolutions (Haymarket, 2015) 'A People's History of the Russian Revolution, written by one of the finest historians on the left, is a vital contribution to the debate over the legacy of the Revolution and an essential defence of the revolutionary experience' -- John Newsinger, author of The Blood Never Dried: A People's History of the British Empireshow more

Table of contents

Introduction Part 1: The Spark, 1825-1916 1. The Regime 2. The Revolutionaries 3. Lenin and the Bolsheviks 4. The Great War Part 2: The Tempest, 1917 5. The February Revolution 6. Dual Power 7. Counter-Revolution 8. The October Days Part 3: The Darkness, 1918-1938 9. World Revolution? 10. The Revolution Besieged 11. Stalinism Epilogue: A Century of War and Revolution Timeline Notes Bibliography Indexshow more

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