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eBook Year one of the Russian Revolution ePub

by Victor Serge

  • ISBN: 0906224675
  • Category: Politics and Government
  • Subcategory: Politics
  • Author: Victor Serge
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bookmarks and Pluto Press (1992)
  • Pages: 456
  • ePub book: 1983 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1273 kb
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  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 985

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First Published: L’An 1 de la révolution russe, 1930. Source: Year One of the Russian Revolution, Holt, Reinhart, and Winston.

First Published: L’An 1 de la révolution russe, 1930. Brian Baggins Proofread: Einde O’Callaghan (February 2009).

Serge also started a book on the second year of the revolution, but after Serge crossed Stalin and departed the USSR, the GPU seized . He is better known as Victor Serge, a Russian revolutionary and Francophone writer.

Serge also started a book on the second year of the revolution, but after Serge crossed Stalin and departed the USSR, the GPU seized his manuscripts. Most of his relatives died in the gulag. The first half of this book was most interesting and the second half, gripping.

Victor Serge is one of the most talented writers I have read - and I read about 100 books of all types a year. He had contact with Lenin, Trotsky and other significant personalities. He had contact with Lenin, Trotsky and other significant personalities

Victor Serge is one of the unsung heroes of a corrupt century

Victor Serge is one of the unsung heroes of a corrupt century. Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold's Ghost. This was Serge’s first non-literary work, composed in the late 1920s and, as he put it, in detached fragments which could each be separately completed and sent abroad post-haste. I have read several books on subjects related to the Russian Revolution by Victor Serge and find that he is a well-informed insider on this subject although the novel rather than history writing is his stronger form of expressing his views. This book can be profitably read in conjunction with other better written left-wing interpretations of this period.

Thirty Years Afterthe Russian Revolution. 467. The Allied Part in the Czechoslovaki Intervention. Originally a participant in the anarchist movement, Serge became a committed bolshevik upon arrival in Russia during 1919 and lent his considerable talents to the cause of spreading the revolution across Europe. An eloquent critic of tyranny no matter its form, Serge was a leading member of the Left Opposition in its struggle against Stalin, a cause which ultimately resulted in his exile from Russia.

There have of course been many scrupulously honest writers. But for Serge the value of the truth extended far beyond the simple (or complex) telling of i.

Originally a participant in the anarchist movement, Serge became a committed bolshevik upon arrival in Russia during 1919 and lent his considerable talents to the cause of spreading the revolution across Europe.

Year One of the Russian Revolution is Serge’s attempt to defend the early days of the revolution against those, like Stalin, who would claim its legacy as justification for the repression of dissent within Russia. To read this book, upload.

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ladushka ladushka
Victor Serge is one of the most talented writers I have read - and I read about 100 books of all types a year. This is a first hand account of the author's experience during the Russian Revolution of 1917. He had contact with Lenin, Trotsky and other significant personalities. What's more is Serge not only gives the reader a "being there" viewpoint, but he's so profoundly intellectual and an adroit historian that he explains to the reader the historical reasons for the events he was part of. Anyone interested in Russian/Soviet history must have a copy of this book in their library.
Serge began from Ch. 1 discussing the fact that Russia could not industrialize without shedding its monarchical system which kept peasants in the countryside, instead of "freeing" them to enter the cities to toil as factory workers for their survival and thus was why the bourgeoisie of commerce, manufacturing, finance and parliament intended to shatter Imperial Russia with the Revolution. In this sense, he blamed ascendant capitalism for the Revolution and that "the liberal bourgeoisie found it [Marxism] an excellent weapon."
Whitestone Whitestone
I have read several books on subjects related to the Russian Revolution by Victor Serge and find that he is a well-informed insider on this subject although the novel rather than history writing is his stronger form of expressing his views. This book can be profitably read in conjunction with other better written left-wing interpretations of this period. Sukhanov's History of the Russian Revolution (for the February period), Leon Trotsky's History of the Russian Revolution and John Reed's Ten Days that Shook the World come to mind. The task Serge sets himself here is to look at the dramatic and eventually fateful events of first year of the Russian Revolution. Those included the Bolshevik seizure of power, the dispersal of the Constituent Assembly and the struggle by the Bolsheviks against other left-wing tendencies in defining Soviet state policy, the fight to end Russian participation in World War I culminating in the humiliating Brest-Litovsk treaty with Germany and, most importantly, the beginnings of Civil War against the Whites. In short, he investigates all the issues that will ultimately undermine and cause the degeneration of what was the first successful socialist seizure of state power in history.

Serge's history is partisan history in the best sense of the word. It is rather silly at this late date to argue that historians must be detached from the subject of their investigations. All one asks is that a historian gets the facts for his or her analysis straight. And try to stay out of the way. Serge passes this test. Serge worked under the assumption that the strategic theory of the Bolshevik leaders Lenin and Trotsky was valid. That premise stated Russia as the weakest link in the capitalist system could act as the catalyst for revolution in the West and therefore shorten its road to socialism. The failure of that Western revolution, the subsequent hostile encirclement by the Western powers and the inevitable degeneration implicit in a revolution in an economically undeveloped country left to its own resources underlies the structure of his argument.

The Russian revolution of October 1917 was the defining event for the international labor movement during most of the 20th century. Serious militants and left -wing organizations took their stand based on their position on the so-called Russian Question. At that time the level of political class-consciousness in the international labor movement was quite high. Such consciousness does not exist today where the socialist program is seen as utopian. However, notwithstanding the demise of the Soviet state in 1991-92 and the essential elimination of the Russian Question as a factor in world politics anyone who wants learn some lessons from the heroic period of the Russian Revolution will find this book an informative place to start.
Blacknight Blacknight
This book is exhausting but well worth the time spent. Victor Serge was an active Bolshevik who lived throught he events he describes; thus there is almost a narrative feel to it. The book conveys the hardships of the revolution well; Serge shows how close Trotsky's army came to losing and the hope preserved by his victory. A must for anyone interested in the Russian or any revolution.