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The Unknown Revolution, 1917-1921
July 22, 2019 Comments.. 275
The Unknown Revolution A famous history of the Russian revolution and its aftermath It reinstates material that has been omitted from recent editions of the English language version and reproduces the complete text of the o
  • Title: The Unknown Revolution, 1917-1921
  • Author: Voline Fredy Perlman Holley R. Cantine Paul Avrich Collection (Library of Congress) Staff
  • ISBN: 9780914156079
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • A famous history of the Russian revolution and its aftermath It reinstates material that has been omitted from recent editions of the English language version and reproduces the complete text of the original French volumes.
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    1. Andrea says:

      A massive book but a quick, rather riveting read actually Voline was an anarchist exiled from Russia who returned in 1917 in plenty of time to offer a clear, and in my opinion quite brilliant, day to day analysis of the failings and the horrors of both radical left statist parties, but primarily the Bolsheviks He was also present at the creation of the first soviet in 1905, participated in the workers councils, holds an understanding of direct and revolutionary democracy that parallels my own po [...]

    2. Miquixote says:

      One of the most revealing books I have ever read Lenin and even Trotsky exposed for what they are authoritariam anarchist murdering anti democratic vanguard elites The death of the Russian Revolution didn t start with Stalin Absolutely mandatory reading for the undogmatic left There is one weakness with the book though near the end the author weirdly lashes out at Makhno with unsubstantiated claims against his character that don t jive at all with the gist of the rest of the book How or why this [...]

    3. Florence says:

      This historian discusses the ugly truths of the Russian Revolution of 1917 to 1921 along with the horrific murderous methods used by the Bolsheviks to exploit the people We can see why the few existing anarchists were not able to become a recognized force under Trotsky and Lenin Voline s presents a large collection of original documents and quotes from Peter Archinov s works, the press, important speeches, declarations and statements They are copied so we can understand what life was like at the [...]

    4. Bill Weinberg says:

      From an openly partisan anarchist perspective, but lots of information you re not going to get elsewhere, especially on the Makhnovists.

    5. Mohamed Omran says:

      I enjoyed it so much, but possibly not , and offers an immensely valuable glimpse at what could have been in Russia, and of course, what could still be His description of what happened in Kronstadt filled me with pride and sadness and anger, the cuttings from the newspaper published day by day during the revolt and their reporting on the lies spread by the Central government were particularly telling Similarly his account of the Makhnovischna Whatever else he was, Voline tried to write with inte [...]

    6. Sam Seidman says:

      Seminal volume and revealing history of anarchist influence in the Russian Revolution, and its bloody suppression by the Bolsheviks.

    7. Andrew Miller says:

      Voline adds a third dimension to the argument over what the Russian Revolution s was were and why it failed to bring about a true workers society After spending years of reading the Imperialist Capitalist denegration of the communist ideal, particularly as related to the October Revolution, then counterpointing that with Trotsky s writings, it was very interesting to get the viewpoint of anarcho syndicalist Voline who is by no means a capitalist nor a bolshevik His argument of the mistakes made [...]

    8. Micah says:

      Essential reading What is revolution Can it be statist and centralist If you have any doubts, this book should put them to sleep Voline tells the story spiced with the occasional rich personal anecdote of how Lenin, Trotsky and the Bolsheviks rode to power on a wave of popular energy and initiative, then deliberately and ruthlessly crushed that wave with bullets and prisons, because all they knew was that Marx had told them to take power and keep it Trotsky in particular stands out for his zeal [...]

    9. Simplesoul says:

      The best account of the Russian Revolution I have ever read Long but worth it.

    10. Michael Trup says:

      The story of the how the Bolsheviks first used and then turned on the Anarchists in the Russian Revolution, losing both freedom and genuine liberty in the process.

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