The Bolsheviks Come to Power: The Revolution of 1917 in Petrograd

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Pluto Press, 2004 - History - 393 pages
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'The best volume on the Russian Revolution in years e What is so valuable about the book is that it undoes both rigid stereotypes: that the Leninism is inherently and always e~correcte(tm), pointing straight toward revolutionary triumph, and that of Leninism as always rigidly authoritarian, pointing straight toward dictatorship. A first-rate piece of work.' Irving Howe'Alexander Rabinowitch e has written what is perhaps the fullest and most reliable account of the Bolshevik seizure of power currently available in English e Based on a solid command of the sources, it is scholarly and well documented yet accessible to the general reader, with its clear and vigorous style and interesting illustrations e Should be read by every person interested in the Russian Revolution.' Paul Avrich, Russian Review'The Bolsheviks Come To Power is one of the most important books on the Russian Revolution of 1917 to appear in many years. It is revisionist scholarship in the best and truest sense. Both political and social history, it greatly expands on our detailed knowledge of the turbulent events of that year, while deepening and revising our understanding of the Bolshevik Party and the social factors that brought it to power.' Stephen F. Cohen
 

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Contents

THE JULY UPRISING
1
THE BOLSHEVIKS UNDER FIRE
17
PETROGRAD DURING THE REACTION
39
THE INEFFECTIVENESS OF REPRESSION
51
THE BOLSHEVIK RESURGENCE
83
THE RISE OF KORNILOV
94
KORNILOV VERSUS KERENSKY
110
THE BOLSHEVIKS AND KORNILOVS DEFEAT
129
LENINS CAMPAIGN FOR AN INSURRECTION
191
OBSTACLES TO AN UPRISING
209
THE GARRISON CRISIS AND THE MILITARY REVOLUTIONARY COMMITTEE
224
ON THE EVE
249
THE BOLSHEVIKS COME TO POWER
273
EPILOGUE
305
Notes
315
Selected Bibliography
358

THE QUESTION OF A NEW GOVERNMENT
151
ALL POWER TO THE SOVIETS
168

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About the author (2004)

Alex Rabinowitch, a world renowned authority on the history of the
Russian Revolution, first came to Indiana University to teach in the
1968-1969 academic year. During a distinguished career that included
the publication of The Bolsheviks Come to Power: The Revolution of
1917 in Petrograd and Prelude to Revolution: The Petrograd Bolsheviks
and the July 1917 Uprising, Alex taught countless numbers of
undergraduates and trained over twenty doctoral students in Soviet
history. He also excelled in his service contributions to the
university as Dean of International Programs from 1986-1993, as
Director of the Russian and East European Institute from 1975-1984,
and as Director of Graduate Studies in the department of history.
Rabinowitch is also the coeditor of Russia in the Era of NEP:
Explorations in Soviet Society and Culture, edited with Sheila
Fitzpatrick and and Richard Stites.
He is now an advisor to the Russian Archives project.

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