History of the Russian Revolution

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Haymarket Books, 2008 - History - 969 pages
"During the first two months of 1917 Russia was still a Romanov monarchy. Eight months later the Bolsheviks stood at the helm. They were little known to anybody when the year began, and their leaders were still under indictment for state treason when they came to power. You will not find another such sharp turn in history especially if you remember that it involves a nation of 150 million people. It is clear that the events of 1917, whatever you think of them, deserve study."
--Leon Trotsky, from History of the Russian Revolution

Regarded by many as among the most powerful works of history ever written, this book offers an unparalleled account of one of the most pivotal and hotly debated events in world history. This book reveals, from the perspective of one of its central actors, the Russian Revolution's profoundly democratic, emancipatory character.

Originally published in three parts, Trotsky's masterpiece is collected here in a single volume. It serves as the most vital and inspiring record of the Russian Revolution to date.

"[T]he greatest history of an event that I know."
--C. L. R. James

"Justly celebrated as a towering, vivid, historically vital work."
--China Miéville,October

"In Trotsky all passions were aroused, but his thought remained calm and his vision clear.... His involvement in the struggle, far from blurring his sight, sharpens it.... The History is his crowning work, both in scale and power and as the fullest expression of his ideas on revolution. As an account of a revolution, given by one of its chief actors, it stands unique in world literature."
--Isaac Deutscher
 

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Well written and very informative, this is the ultimate account of the Russian revolution by an eyewitness and major player. To be enjoyed with The Red Wheel 1917 by Solgenitsin Read full review

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I said of 'My Life' that if you only read one book by Trostky then that is the one to read. If you read one other then this is it. But my guess is any one who reads my life with an open mind will be gagging to move onto this masterpiece of historical writing. Read full review

Contents

2
3
Peculiarities of Russias Development
11
Tsarist Russia in the
13
The Proletariat and the Peasantry
26
The Tsar and the Tsarina
40
The Idea of a Palace Revolution
49
The Death Agony of the Monarchy
59
Five Days
75
Kerensky and Kornilov
456
The State Conference in Moscow
474
Kerenskys Plot
491
Kornilovs Insurrection
506
The Bourgeoisie Measures Strength with the Democracy
520
The Masses Under Attack
540
The Rising Tide
559
The Bolsheviks and the Soviets
580

Who Led the February Insurrection?
100
The Paradox of the February Revolution
112
The New Power
131
Dual Power
149
The Executive Committee
156
The Army and the
179
The Ruling Group and the
195
The Bolsheviks and Lenin
206
Rearming the Party
227
The April Days
240
The First Coalition
259
The Offensive
269
3
285
Shifts in the Masses
296
13
308
The Congress of Soviets and the June Demonstration
316
Conclusion
330
Chronological Table for Volume One Appendix I
333
Appendix II
338
Appendix III
343
The Attempted Counterrevolution Introduction to Volumes Two and Three
350
Preparation and Beginning
357
Culmination and Rout
378
Could the Bolsheviks Have Seized the Power?
401
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418
The Counterrevolution Lifts Its Head
439
The Last Coalition
594
The Triumph of the Soviets
615
The Peasantry Before October
617
Withdrawal from the PreParliament and Struggle
662
40
681
Lenin Summons to Insurrection
708
The Art of Insurrection
740
The Conquest of the Capital
764
The Capture of the Winter Palace
793
The October Insurrection
819
The Congress of the Soviet Dictatorship
838
the Theory of Permanent Revolution
914
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75
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149
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156
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179
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Leon Trotsky was a leader of the Russian revolution in 1917 and is the author of My Life, The History of the Russian Revolution, and The Revolution Betrayed. Ahmed Shawki is the editor of the International Socialist Review.

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