He led the Military Revolutionary Committee that overthrew Russia’s provisional government in 1917 and was widely regarded as the Revolution's finest orator, yet Trotsky died in exile, assassinated by Soviet agents. In a revelatory study that revised the Bolshevik leader’s reputation, Service traces the life of a man who ‘moved like a bright comet across the political sky’.
Beyond the Map
Unruly Enclaves, Ghostly Places, Emerging Lands and Our Search for New Utopias
Not marked on any official map, new islands are emerging from the ocean, villages are disappearing beneath it, sea-forts declare independence and utopian communities are founded. This book explores 39 such extraordinary places. Here are the elusive Minkies in the English Channel, islands created in the South China Sea by a People’s Republic determined to expand its territory and influence, a ‘city without ground’, and the new Arctic being revealed as a result of global warming.
A Documentary History of Communism in Russia
From Lenin to Gorbachev
Updated in 1993 to cover the collapse of Russian Communism, Professor Daniels’s compilation of almost 200 documents, with accompanying introductions and commentaries, sets in context texts that begin with Lenin arguing against the Populists in 1894, trace the progress of the Bolshevik Revolution and the course of Soviet Communism up to the era of perestroika, and end with Gorbachev’s speech of resignation on 8 December 1991.
Specters of Revolt
On the Intellect of Insurrection and Philosophy from Below
Richard Gilman-Opalsky argues that the modern world is haunted by revolt and develops a theory of revolt that goes beyond Marx to encompass ideas about autonomy, everyday life, anxiety, experience, knowledge and possibility.
Lenin the Dictator
An Intimate Portrait
‘First we must seize power’, Lenin told Trotsky in 1917. ‘Then we decide what to do with it.’ This compelling biography draws on long-suppressed documents to present a nuanced portrait of this complex, emotional man. It charts his long years in exile, his decisive seizure of power, and his intense relationships with his wife, Nadezhda Krupskaya, and his lover, Inessa Armand, examining how this sensitive nature lover came to create a new kind of state.
The Condition of the Working Class in England
From Personal Observation and Authentic Sources
Written in 1884-5, this is Engels' first major work and the first significant attempt by either Marx or Engels to apply the Marxist historical method to a study of social and political development. A reprint of the 1892 English translation. Slightly off-mint.
Secret Cables of the Comintern, 1933-1943
Drawing on coded telegraph messages exchanged between Communist Party leaders around the world and their overseers at the Communist International (Comintern) headquarters in Moscow, this book provides new insights into Comintern activities and influence during the decade 1933–43. The authors examine its involvement in events and movements including the Popular Front in France, the Spanish Civil War and the Nazi-Soviet Pact, and reveal Comintern co-operation with Soviet intelligence.
The People Behind the Power
Steeped in authoritarianism, secrecy and corruption, Russia continues to baffle and frustrate the West. To discover why, the journalist Gregory Feifer traversed this vast country from the North Caucasus to Arctic Siberia, talking to hundreds of people about everything from vodka to Russia's complicated relations with the world. What emerges is a picture of a society bursting with vitality under a tradition-bound leadership, often on the verge of collapse. Slightly off-mint and felt tip mark on lower edge.