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 A People's History of the Russian Revolution, Neil Faulkner sets out to debunk the myths. In this fast-paced introduction to the tumultuous events, the Russian people are the heroes. Faulkner shows how a mass movement of millions, organised in democratic assemblies, mobilised for militant action, destroyed a regime of landlords, profiteers and warmongers. He rejects caricatures of Lenin and the Bolsheviks as authoritarian conspirators, 'democratic-centralists' or the progenitors of Stalinist dictatorship. He argues that the Russian Revolution was an explosion of democracy and creativity - and that it was crushed by bloody counter-revolution and replaced with a monstrous form of bureaucratic state-capitalism. Laced with first-hand testimony, this history seeks to rescue the democratic essence of the revolution from its detractors and deniers, offering a perfect primer for the modern reader.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 17mm | 226g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745399037
  • 9780745399034
  • 9,123

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

Review quote

'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 Empire '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 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)show more

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