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A People's History of the Russian Revolution

A People's History of the Russian Revolution

Neil Faulkner

Series: Left Book Club

An alternative, narrative history of the Russian Revolution published in its centenary

The Russian Revolution may well be the most misunderstood event in modern history. In this fast-paced introduction, Neil Faulkner debunks the myths that continue to shroud it, showing how a mass movement of millions, organised in democratic assemblies, mobilised for militant action and destroyed a regime of landlords, profiteers and warmongers.

Faulkner rejects caricatures of Lenin and the Bolsheviks as authoritarian conspirators, 'democratic-centralists' or the progenitors of Stalinist dictatorship; though short-lived, the Revolution of October 1917 was an explosion of democracy and creativity. Crushed by bloody counter-revolution, its socialist vision was ultimately displaced by a monstrous form of bureaucratic state-capitalism.

Laced with first-hand testimony, this history rescues the democratic essence of the revolution from its detractors and deniers, offering a perfect primer for the modern reader.

Published in partnership with the Left Book Club.

Neil Faulkner is a leading historian, archaeologist, and political thinker. He is the author of numerous books, including A Radical History of the World (Pluto, 2018), A People's History of the Russian Revolution (Pluto, 2017), and Lawrence of Arabia's War (Yale, 2016). He appears regularly on TV and was a lead consultant on Sky Atlantic's The British.

'<em>A People's History of the Russian Revolution</em>, written by one of the finest historians on the left, is a vital contribution to the debate over the legacy of the Revolution and an essential defence of the revolutionary experience' - John Newsinger, author of The Blood Never Dried: A People's History of the British Empire

'Among the countless books which are beginning to appear as the centenary of the Russian Revolution approaches, there is a real need for a clear, historically reliable popular account from a socialist perspective. Neil Faulkner's <em>A People's History</em> is that account' - Neil Davidson, author of We Cannot Escape History: Nations, States, and Revolutions (Haymarket, 2015)

'<em>A People's History of the Russian Revolution</em> reeks of the vodka, blood, and gunpowder of one of the must vital and important periods in human history. It is a powerful book for an anniversary those in charge would rather we forgot' - Tansy E. Hoskins, author of Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion (Pluto, 2014)

'Vivid and readable ... A valuable perspective on a world-shaking event' - Karen Shook, Times Higher Education

'Lively, sometimes contentious, and very readable' - Manchester Review of Books

'A very important contribution ... Very well-written [and] readable' - International Journal of Russian Studies

Introduction
Part 1: The Spark, 1825-1916
1. The Regime
2. The Revolutionaries
3. Lenin and the Bolsheviks
4. The Great War
Part 2: The Tempest, 1917
5. The February Revolution
6. Dual Power
7. Counter-Revolution
8. The October Days
Part 3: The Darkness, 1918-1938
9. World Revolution?
10. The Revolution Besieged
11. Stalinism
Epilogue: A Century of War and Revolution
Timeline
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Published by Pluto Press in Jan 2017
Paperback ISBN: 9780745399034
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745399041
eBook ISBN: 9781786800206

304 pages

129mm x 198mm

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