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Lenin and Revolutionary Russia examines the background to and the course of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and Lenin's regime. It explores all the key aspects such as the development of the Bolsheviks as a revolutionary party, the 1905 Revolution, the collapse of the Tsarists, the Russian Civil War and historical interpretations of Lenin's legacy to Russian history.

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Overview

Lenin and Revolutionary Russia examines the background to and the course of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and Lenin's regime. It explores all the key aspects such as the development of the Bolsheviks as a revolutionary party, the 1905 Revolution, the collapse of the Tsarists, the Russian Civil War and historical interpretations of Lenin's legacy to Russian history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415287173
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/22/2003
  • Series: Questions and Analysis in History Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Chronology 1883-1991 xiii
1 Why do historical interpretations differ? 1
2 Overview: the Bolshevik party and regime, 1903-24 7
Background 7
Analysis (1) How did the Bolsheviks develop as a revolutionary party between 1903 and 1917 and as a regime between 1918 and 1924? 7
Analysis (2) How have interpretations differed over the origins and survival of the Bolshevik party and regime between 1903 and 1924? 11
Sources: Perspectives of the Bolshevik Revolution 18
3 The origins and growth of Marxism in Russia to 1905 22
Background 22
Analysis 1 Why did a Marxist movement develop in Russia, but then split into two factions in 1903? 23
Analysis 2 Examine some of the contrasting interpretations for the development of Marxism in Russia and for the split of the Russian Social Democrats in 1903 27
Sources
1. Lenin and the creation of the Bolsheviks 31
2. What caused the split between the Bolsheviks and Mensheviks in 1903? 34
4 The Bolsheviks between 1903 and March 1917 37
Background 37
Analysis 1 How important a part did the Bolsheviks play in the collapse of the Tsarist regime? 38
Analysis 2 Consider and explain the different interpretations of the role of Lenin and the Bolsheviks in the development of revolutionary activity in Russia between 1905 and March 1917 42
Sources
1. The Social Democrats and the 1905 Revolution 49
2. How important were the Bolsheviks in stirring up opposition between 1914 and 1917? 51
5 The Bolsheviks and the October Revolution 56
Background 56
Analysis 1 Why were the Bolsheviks able to overthrow the Provisional Government in October 1917? 58
Analysis 2 Explain and account for the different interpretations on the success of the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 63
Analysis 3 Consider the strengths and weaknesses of the different interpretations of Bolshevik success in 1917 68
Sources
1. Lenin and the October revolution 72
2. Did the Revolution of October 1917 come 'from above' or 'from below'? 75
6 The Bolsheviks and the Russian Civil War, 1918-22 79
Background 79
Analysis 1 Why did the Bolsheviks win the Russian Civil War? 80
Analysis 2 How and why have views changed on the origins and scope of the Russian Civil War? 83
Sources
1. Why did the Reds win the Civil War? 89
2. What were the sides in the Russian Civil War? 91
7 The Bolshevik regime, 1918-24 96
Background 96
Analysis 1 How did the Bolsheviks change Russia's political and economic structure between October 1917 and 1924? 97
Analysis 2 What opposition emerged to Bolshevik rule between 1918 and 1924? How did the Bolsheviks deal with it? 102
Analysis 3 Explain and comment on the different interpretations made by historians regarding the internal changes made in Russia by the Bolshevik regime between 1918 and 1924 106
Sources
1. Who is the enemy? 113
2. Did the Leninist state abandon democracy? 116
8 Which Lenin? 121
Background 121
Analysis 1 Discuss the various views on Lenin's contributions to the establishment of Communism in Russia 122
Analysis 2 How and why have historians differed in their interpretation of Lenin's legacy to Russian history? 130
Sources: The reputation and influence of Lenin after 1924 135
Notes 138
Select bibliography 145
Index 148
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