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Year One of the Russian Revolution

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An extraordinary account of the first year of the Russian Revolution, written by its most keen firsthand observer.

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“I know of no other writer with whom Serge can be very usefully compared. The essence of the man and his books is to be found in his attitude to the truth."
—John Berger

The novels, poems, memoirs and other writings of Victor Serge are among the finest works of literature inspired by the October Revolution that brought the working class to power in Russia in 1917…His articles—like the work of John Reed, his American friend—let us follow revolutionary events as they unfold, as seen through the eyes of an exceptionally alert journalist."
—Scott McLemee

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608462674
  • Publisher: Haymarket Books
  • Publication date: 2/3/2015
  • Pages: 456

Meet the Author

Victor Serge (1889-1947) is best known as a novelist – with two of his works recently republished by the New York Review of Books – and for his Memoirs of a Revolutionary. Originally a participant in the anarchist movement, Serge became a committed bolshevik upon arrival in Russia during 1919 and lent his considerable talents to the cause of spreading the revolution across Europe. An eloquent critic of tyranny no matter its form, Serge was a leading member of the Left Opposition in its struggle against Stalin, a cause which ultimately resulted in his exile from Russia.

Peter Sedgwick (1934–1983) was a lifelong activist and a founding member of the New Left in Britain, and one of the first translators of Serge's work into English. In addition to his journalism and political writings, he is the author of a book, Psycho-Politics.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Foreword 18
1 From serfdom to proletarian revolution 23
2 The insurrection of 25 October 1917 51
3 The urban middle classes against the proletariat 79
4 The first flames of the civil war: The Constituent Assembly 107
5 Brest-Litovsk 142
6 The truce and the great retrenchment 177
7 The famine and the Czechoslovak intervention 211
8 The July-August crisis 250
9 The terror and the will to victory 282
10 The German Revolution 316
11 War communism 352
Notes 377
Editorial postscript: The Allied part in the Czechoslovak intervention 431
Index 441
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