History of the Russian Revolution

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  • Copyright: 2008-07-21
  • Publisher: Haymarket Books
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Regarded by many as among the most powerful works of history ever written, this book offers an unparalleled account of one of the most pivotal and hotly debated events in world history. This book reveals, from the perspective of one of its central actors, the Russian Revolution's profoundly democratic, emancipatory character. "The history of a revolution is for us first of all," Leon Trotsky writes, "the forcible entrance of the masses into the realm of their own destiny." Originally published in three parts, Trotsky's masterpiece is collected here in a single volume. It serves as the most vital and inspiring record of the Russian Revolution to date. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

A Note About the Authorp. ix
Prefacep. xv
The Overthrow of Tsarism
Peculiarities of Russia's Developmentp. 3
Tsarist Russia in the Warp. 13
The Proletariat and the Peasantryp. 26
The Tsar and the Tsarinap. 40
The Idea of a Palace Revolutionp. 49
The Death Agony of the Monarchyp. 59
Five Daysp. 75
Who Led the February Insurrection?p. 100
The Paradox of the February Revolutionp. 112
The New Powerp. 131
Dual Powerp. 149
The Executive Committeep. 156
The Army and the Warp. 179
The Ruling Group and the Warp. 195
The Bolsheviks and Leninp. 206
Rearming the Partyp. 227
The April Daysp. 240
The First Coalitionp. 259
The Offensivep. 269
The Peasantryp. 282
Shifts in the Massesp. 296
The Congress of Soviets and the June Demonstrationp. 316
Conclusionp. 330
Chronological Table for Volume One
Appendix Ip. 333
Appendix IIp. 338
Appendix IIIp. 343
The Attempted Counterrevolution
Introduction to Volumes Two and Threep. 350
The July Days: Preparation and Beginningp. 357
The July Days: Culmination and Routp. 378
Could the Bolsheviks Have Seized the Power?p. 401
The Month of the Great Slanderp. 418
The Counterrevolution Lifts Its Headp. 439
Kerensky and Kornilovp. 456
The State Conference in Moscowp. 474
Kerensky's Plotp. 491
Kornilov's Insurrectionp. 506
The Bourgeoisie Measures Strength with the Democracyp. 520
The Masses Under Attackp. 540
The Rising Tidep. 559
The Bolsheviks and the Sovietsp. 580
The Last Coalitionp. 594
The Triumph of the Soviets
The Peasantry Before Octoberp. 617
The Problem of Nationalitiesp. 641
Withdrawal from the Pre-Parliament and Struggle for the Congress of Sovietsp. 662
The Military Revolutionary Committeep. 681
Lenin Summons to Insurrectionp. 708
The Art of Insurrectionp. 740
The Conquest of the Capitalp. 764
The Capture of the Winter Palacep. 793
The October Insurrectionp. 819
The Congress of the Soviet Dictatorshipp. 838
Conclusionp. 869
Some Legends of the Bureaucracyp. 875
Socialism in a Separate Countryp. 890
Historic References on the Theory of "Permanent Revolution"p. 914
Chronological Tablep. 920
A Short List of Principal Personsp. 925
A Short List of Principal Placesp. 930
A Brief Glossary of Unfamiliar Termsp. 932
A List of Parties and Political Groupsp. 935
Indexp. 938
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