1905: Leon Trotsky
Originally written in Vienna in 1908–9, and revised in 1922, this is Trotsky’s narrative and analysis of the 1905 uprisings in St Petersburg – events in which he played a leading role, while continuing to formulate the politics of revolution. It was in the months between the January massacre outside the Winter Palace and the October strike that Trotsky organized his ideas into the theory of permanent revolution. Translated by Anya Bostock. Introduction by Ralph Schoenman.
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’.
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.
The Communist Manifesto
Marx and Engels' 'detailed theoretical and practical programme' for the Communist League, first published in German in 1872, has to be reckoned one of the most influential books in history. The original English translation by Samuel Moore (1888) is published here as part of The Skeptical Reader series, with an introduction by the famous historian of Soviet Russia, Robert Conquest.
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
Traversing all of Russia – his mother’s home country – from West to East, journalist Gregory Feifer interviews hundreds of people, from oligarchs to beggars. Their stories and opinions reveal a society steeped in the traditions of the past and often out of step with Western thinking. Yet despite authoritarianism, secrecy and corruption, and a leadership often on the verge of collapse, the overall picture is one of vitality and a deep capacity for loyalty. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.