A Documentary History of Communism in Russia
From Lenin to Gorbachev
In 1993, Daniels wrote in the preface to this updated edition of his documentary history, ‘the Post-Communist world can only be understood as Communism left it and as the end-product of a complex evolution, where verbal professions of reality, recorded in these documents, squared less and less with the actual course of affairs’. Set in context by Daniels, the texts begin with Lenin arguing against the Populists in 1894, and end with Gorbachev’s speech of resignation in 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.
A Journey Through the Yeltsin Era
The well-known historian and activist Roy Medvedev (b.1925) analyses events in the Russian Federation after late August 1991. Completed in 1998, with a postscript on the upheavals of 1999, the study looks at plans that were meant to restructure a society but were destined to fail. Translated and edited by George Shriver.
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.