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The Workers' Revolution in Russia, 1917: The View from Below [Paperback]

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25 Sep 1987
The essays in this book address the process of worker alienation and the way that the Bolsheviks appealed to, rather than exploited, the working population, especially in the capital cities of Petrograd and Moscow. James Bater surveys the growing demographic and social crisis in the capitals that accompanied rapid industrialization. Steve Smith then traces the revolution in Petrograd, particularly in the factories where worker radicalism often outpaced the leadership of parties of the left that came to power after the tsar was overthrown in February. Diane Koenker finds a similar process at work in Moscow, despite the differences between the two cities. Finally, both Ronald Suny and William Rosenberg demonstrate how significant these findings are for a more accurate understanding of the Russian Revolution and ultimately of the survival of the Bolsheviks' government.

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (25 Sep 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521349710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521349710
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 13.5 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 987,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The essays in this book address the process of worker alienation and the way that the Bolsheviks appealed to, rather than exploited, the working population, especially in the capital cities of Petrograd and Moscow.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent short corrective to misleading accounts 7 April 2014
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This is a really useful short volume, in fact a collection of short essays, that acts as a welcome corrective to misleading interpretations of the Russian Revolution.

It starts with Ronald Grigor Suny looking at the dominant hisoriography which claims that the October Revolution was not popular and was a coup and announcing that this volume will challenge that dominance. Sadly, this was back in 1987 and things haven't changed much since then - which is probably why this volume still has a freshness to it even though it was written 27 years ago.

Essays follow from James H Bater looking at the state of the working class in Moscow and Petrograd prior to the revolutionary year of 1917, Steve Smith looking at the fact that in Petrograd the revolution was certainly something which came `from below' and Diane Koenker doing the same with regards to Moscow. William Rosenberg looks at how the Bolsheviks lost some support amongst the working class in the year following October 1917 but here the weaknesses of `history from below' become apparent as the impact of bigger picture political events - civil war, blockade, foreign intervention etc - don't feature in the analysis although Rosenberg clearly locates the regimes problems in an escalating economic collapse dating back to before the February Revolution - far more than the dominant view is prepared to concede.

As the centenary of the revolution approaches, we can be guaranteed a distorted picture will be presented from much of the mainstream media and historians. This small volume is great place to start for a corrective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Workers and Bolsheviks 10 April 2001
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The essays presented in this book address the process of woker alienation taking place in Russia, leading up to 1917. Many of the essays also talk about the way the Bolsheviks appealed to the alienated workers, especially in Petrograd and Moscow. Historian James Bater talks about the growing demographic and social crisis in Petrograd and Moscow durring and after industrialization. Diane Koenker talks about a similer process growing in Moscow. Ronald Suny and William Rosenberg show in their works how significant these findings, by the previous historians, are in understading of the Russian Revolution and the Bolshevik's rise to power.
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