Kronstadt - Book\Article Recommendations

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Mar 22 2007 21:39
Kronstadt - Book\Article Recommendations

I'm doing some work on Kronstadt (strangely topical thanks to the Trotsky picture thread wink) for my dissertation and was wondering if I could get some links to articles and names of good books on Kronstadt. I'm not too fussed about the politics of the author and I'll probably end up with a good mix, which is fine as it gives me a few talking points to fill up the word count. The most important stuff I need is first-hand accounts (preferably translated, my Russian is non-existent), but really anything any of you can recommend would be helpful.

I've already had a search here which turned up a rather formidable list of articles and threads and I'll be trawling through them over the next few days, but I was hoping I could some quick answers from current posters to complement that.

Thanks in advance for any helpful replies.

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Mar 22 2007 21:49

Ida Mett's pamphlet is the classic anarchist one i think, though i haven't read it myself

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Mar 22 2007 22:06

Good selection here

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Mar 22 2007 22:50

You must use Paul Avrich's book "Kronstadt 1921." You might want to steal (or borrow from a library) the Monad Press compilation of Lenin and Trotsky's scurrilous scribblings on it, so you can get first hand bullshit straight from the mouths and pens of the butchers themselves.

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Mar 22 2007 23:31

not read it, but lots of stuff translated from original records:

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mhuey/HOME.html

ernie
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Mar 23 2007 10:31

Bugbear, you may find the following [Lessons of Kronstadt, http://en.internationalism.org/specialtexts/IR003_kron.htm) interesting. It analyses these events from the Left Communist.

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Mar 23 2007 10:50

Israel Getzlers book with a title something like Kronstadt 1917-21 is a must, its very good on the rebellion but also on the years before hand which helps put everything in context.

Also a must read is tthe paper of the Kronstadt rebellion
Izvestiia of the Provisional Revolutionary Committee of Sailors, Soldiers and Workers of the town of Kronstadt
all 14 issues in English are at http://struggle.ws/russia/izvestiia_krons1921.html

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Mar 23 2007 10:59

It is not often I agree with Joe:
Kronstadt, 1917-1921: The Fate of a Soviet Democracy, Israel Getzler ISBN 0-521-89442-5, Cambridge University Press 2002
Also it might be worth reading through this:
http://punkt.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=111
It is the discussion on it on the old forums. If you are writing something for school, it has the advantage that people have read through the books, and pulled out the best quotes.

Devrim

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Mar 23 2007 12:34

avrich also wrote a book about kronstadt. anyone read it/have comments on it?

Mike Harman
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Mar 23 2007 13:39

forgot about the Getzler book, been meaning to get that for ages now.

BB
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Mar 23 2007 13:49

It's a long time since i read it but there's the Alexander Berkman book. The Kronstadt Rebellion.

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Mar 23 2007 16:23

I quite liked Avrich's book it was fairly balanced goes into some depth but is also well written and not too long. He's one of my favorite writers though so I might be a wee bit biased.

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Mar 23 2007 16:46
EdmontonWobbly wrote:
and not too long.

a plus for any book

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Mar 23 2007 19:23

Getzler's book is important for a number of reasons. Most especially is the very concrete, vivid picture he presents of the Kronstadt soviet of 1917. It was structured differently than the main soviets like those in Petrograd and Moscow in that the delegates actually made the decisions. It wasn't top-down, and the delegates were directly controlled by assemblies on the ships and in the workplaces. There was no division between factory committee movement and soviets in Kronstadt, as there was in Petrograd, because the Kronstadt soviet WAS a factory committee movement. The book is very good on explaining the politics of the Maximalists, an anti-parliamentary libertarian socialist group that is often ignored. The Maximalists were the dominant political tendency in Kronstadt at the time of the October 1917 revolution, as Getzler shows, and they worked very closely with the Russian syndicalists. The leading personality of the Maximalists in the 1917 revolution, Anatoly Lamonov, was also the leading articulator of the ideas of the rebellion of March 1921. Getzler also gives factual data to disprove Trotskyist claims that there had been a complete changeover in people in Kronstadt between the October 1917 revolution and the March 1921 rebellion. Soviet records indicate that more than 95% of the crew of the Petropavlovsk, that created the famous 15 point demands, had enrolled in the navy before 1917. They weren't raw peasant recruits, as the Trots have long said.

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Mar 25 2007 00:06

Yeah I hadn't really heard of the maximalists til maggid mentioned them. I was meaning to ask him about them but he seems to have to have moved on.
Could you give us a quick idea of their politics gatoro?

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Mar 26 2007 10:21

"Getzler's book is important for a number of reasons. "

It ain't cheap!

"They weren't raw peasant recruits, as the Trots have long said."

I know it's off-topic, but why should this make a difference.

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Mar 27 2007 17:06
BB wrote:
I know it's off-topic, but why should this make a difference.

Isn't the argument that that made them stupid, easily led and not proletarianised?

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Mar 27 2007 17:09
BB wrote:
I know it's off-topic, but why should this make a difference.

Trotsky said the original Kronstadt sailors were the heroes of the revolution. Then he kills them all. Trots then say "no they were different ones"

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Mar 30 2007 08:48

May I suggest the appendix on Kronstadt as "An Anarchist FAQ":

What was the Kronstadt Rebellion?
http://www.infoshop.org/faq/append42.html

It is a bit long, but comprehensive.