In Defense of October: A debate on the Russian Revolution

In Defense of October A debate on the Russian Revolution The revolutions in Eastern Europe in though welcomed by many socialists have allowed the right wing to argue that the end of Stalinism means the end of all socialism Even among those left winge

  • Title: In Defense of October: A debate on the Russian Revolution
  • Author: John Rees Robert W. Service Sam Farber Robin Blackburn
  • ISBN: 9781898876281
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Paperback
  • The revolutions in Eastern Europe in 1989, though welcomed by many socialists, have allowed the right wing to argue that the end of Stalinism means the end of all socialism Even among those left wingers who welcome the end of the Stalinist regimes there has been great confusion over how much of the socialist tradition it is still possible to defend.The October revolutionThe revolutions in Eastern Europe in 1989, though welcomed by many socialists, have allowed the right wing to argue that the end of Stalinism means the end of all socialism Even among those left wingers who welcome the end of the Stalinist regimes there has been great confusion over how much of the socialist tradition it is still possible to defend.The October revolution of 1917 is still the historical linchpin of such debates To what extent were the Bolsheviks to blame for the degeneration of the revolution What about the Red Terror, the Cheka and Kronstadt Did Lenin lead to Stalin John Rees s In Defence of October reviews what socialists have been saying about the October revolution He mounts a defence of the tradition that arose from the October revolution and shows it was crushed by the Stalinist counter revolution.When John Rees s In Defence of October was originally published in International Socialism, it drew responses from some of the best known figures on the left Robert Service author of a biography of Lenin , Sam Farber author of Before Stalinism and Robin Blackburn editor of New Left Review The full debate, including John Rees s reply, is published here in one volume for the first time a brilliant polemic that draws on a rich array of primary and scholarly sources indispensable source for anyone concerned with the issues EPAUL LE BLANC, author of Lenin and the Revolutionary Party

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    1. My entire rating for this book is entirely for John Rees' really stellar three dimensional essay on the importance of October 1917, Lenin's contributions to the Revolution, and the dissimilarity between the Lenin headed Bolsheviks and the truncated Stalinist bureaucracy that emerged after Lenin's death. Rees' criticisms of Lenin are measured and fair but always tempered by the situation Lenin and the Bolsheviks were facing. He also dismisses the Kautskian critique since adopted by many on the le [...]

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