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Eyewitnesses to the Russian Revolution


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Introduction by Todd Chretien Acknowledgements A note on text and sources I. Causes and meaning of the Russian Revolution 1. From the Preface to The History of the Russian Revolution by Leon Trotsky 2. From The Fundamental Significance of the Russian Revolution by Rosa Luxemburg 4. Five Days, scenes from the February Revolution by Leon Trotsky II. The February Revolution 3. The storm bursts by Claude Anet 4. Scene from Five Days by Leon Trotsky III. A springtime of dual power 5. Political parties in Russia and the tasks of the proletariat by V.I. Lenin 6. The Provisional Government prevaricates by Claude Anet 7. Lenin returns to Russia by Fyodor Raskolnikov and Claude Anet 8. April Theses: the tasks of the proletariat in the present revolution by V.I. Lenin 9. Tsereteli's April Anti-Theses by Claude Anet 10. Kerensky's first visit to the Army by Alexander Kerensky 11. June 18 Soviet demonstration and the rise of the Bolsheviks by N.N. Sukhanov 12. Bolsheviks on Battleships by Fyodor Raskolnikov IV. The July Days and the Kornilov counterrevolution 13. The July Days by Leon Trotsky 14. The Kornilov Coup by Alexander Kerensky 15. Fight Kornilov, but don't support Kerensky by V.I. Lenin 16. Use Kerensky as a gun-rest to shoot at Kornilov by Leon Trotsky 17. A peaceful road to All Power to the Soviets? by V.I. Lenin 18. Overview of situation in September of 1917 by Morgan Philips Price V. Debating insurrection 19. Provisional Government and Soviet by Arthur Ransome 20. Marxism and insurrection by V.I. Lenin 21. Bolsheviks vote on insurrection by N.N. Sukhanov and Bolshevik Central Committee 22. Preparing October by Albert Rhys Williams VI. The October Revolution 23. Smolny and the Winter Palace by Louise Bryant 24. Women fighters in the October Revolution by Alexandra Kollantai 25. The Soviets take power by John Reed 26. The intelligenstia desert by Albert Rhys Williams 27. Mensheviks walk out and split by N.N. Sukhanov 28. The October Days by Nadezdha Krupskaya 29. The Congress of the Soviet Dictatorship by Leon Trotksy VII. Workers Power 30. Kerensky is coming! by John Reed 31. The fall of the Constituent Assembly by Isaac Nachman Steinmberg 32. Radek at Brest-Litovsk by William Hard and Col. Ray Robins 33. The Far Eastern Soviet in Siberia by Gertrude M. Tobinson 34. The red convicts of Cherm by Albert Rhys Williams 35. A rural district under the Bolsheviks by John Rickman 36. Cooperatives and life in Moscow by Anonymous 37. Art Under the Bolsheviks by Floyd Dell 38. Religion under the Bolsheviks by Anonymous 39. The origins of workers control in Russia by John Reed 40. Are Soviet Women Nationalized? by Louise Bryan 41. Ministry of Social Welfare by Louise Bryant 42. The First Woman Commissar by Alexandra Kollantai 43. Women Workers and Soviet Russia by Inessa Armand VIII. Characters in the Russian Revolution 44. Profiles by Louise Bryant 45. Sketches by Anatoly Lunacharsky IX. Bolsheviks in America 46. The day of the people has arrived by Eugene V. Debs 47. Lenin's letter to American workers by V.I. Lenin 48. Bolshevism in America by John Reed 49. 15,000 Bolshevist sympathizers in Madison Square Garden by the New York Call 50. Greetings to Russian workers by Seattle Central Labor Council 51. Bread and roses in Russia and the United States by Rose Pastor Stokes 52. Address to the Jury in the Second Masses Trial by Max Eastman 53. On the anniversary of Revolution by Max Eastman 54. Soviets and Racist Hypocrisy in America by A. Philip Randolph and Chandler Owen 55. A New Crowd -A New Negro by A. Philip Randolph 56. Bolshevism and the "rising tide of color" by Cyril Briggs X. By way of an assessment 57. Retrospective on the Russian Revolution by Albert Rhys Willams Chronology Glossary Further reading

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*Extensive author tour *Promotion and publicity, along with our other titles on the subject, to coincide with the centenary of the Russian Revolution. *Slavic and Russian studies scholarship has become less burdened by old ideological predispositions since the end of of the Cold War. This is reflected in the broadening of debate in the Slavic Review, and other serious historical journals. *A new generation of graduate students and younger readers are re-visiting the great debates of the Old and New Left with fresh eyes, including those over revolution in the modern world.

About the Author

Todd Chretien is a member of the International Socialist Organization, a frequent contributor to Socialist Worker and the International Socialist Review, and editor of Haymarket Books' edition of State and Revolution by V.I. Lenin (2014).

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