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Book Title: Year One of the Russian Revolution|
The author of the book: Victor Serge
Date of issue: August 1st 1992
ISBN 13: 9780863161506
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 19.15 MB
Edition: Writers & Readers Publishing
Read full description of the books Year One of the Russian Revolution:“Year One of the Russian Revolution” by Victor Serge is the most interesting history book I have read, surpassing even William S. Prescott’s “History of the Conquest of Mexico”.
Serge was a Bolshevik himself and an eyewitness to much of the revolution. The skill with which the events are set out may be due in large part to the fact that Serge was a writer from the age of 15 or so. The facts are well-researched and footnoted.
Serge skillfully depicts the many factions, including the Allied powers and the Central (German) powers as well as numerous internal groups, wrestling for control or influence of a chaotic Russia during World War One. The eventual predominance of the Bolsheviks was a close-run thing and could not have happened without the genius and focus of Lenin and perhaps also Trotsky and others (but not especially Stalin) as well as dedicated support and heroic sacrifice from the proletariat, support and sacrifice without which the revolution would have died an early death.
Contrary to anti-Bolshevik propaganda during and after the revolution, the Bolsheviks were not a band of opportunists interested only in seizing power for themselves, but rather were committed to overthrowing the oppressive Tsarist power structure in effort to form a system operating in favor and with the support and full participation of the common Russian. During this first year, they used what power they could muster with admirable focus and restraint.
Serge also started a book on the second year of the revolution, but after Serge crossed Stalin and departed the USSR, the GPU seized his manuscripts. Most of his relatives died in the gulag.
The first half of this book was most interesting and the second half, gripping. Highly recommended.
Read information about the authorVictor Lvovich Kibalchich (В.Л. Кибальчич) was born in exile in 1890 and died in exile in 1947. He is better known as Victor Serge, a Russian revolutionary and Francophone writer. Originally an anarchist, he joined the Bolsheviks five months after arriving in Petrograd in January 1919, and later worked for the newly founded Comintern as a journalist, editor and translator. He was openly critical of the Soviet regime, but remained loyal to the ideals of socialism until his death.
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