Bolsheviks

Down with the Death Penalty - Julius Martov

Julius Martov's denunciations of Bolsheviks use of capital punishment in contrast to their earlier campaigns against the death penalty when they were in opposition.

Notes on Soviet Attitudes to Homosexuality

Fragments of information concerning the attitudes of the Bolshevik government in its early years to homosexuality.

Theses on Bolshevism - Rudolf Sprenger

Rudolf Sprenger's 1934 critique of the Bolsheviks and their role in the 1917 Russian Revolution, arguing they were ultimately a movement of bourgeois revolution in a predominantly peasant country and therefore not only unserviceable as a revolutionary practice for the international working class, but also one of its heaviest and most dangerous impediments.

The Russian Revolution 100 Years On: Newcastle Meeting of the CWO

1917

This year marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution and the Communist Workers' Organisation has participated in a number of meetings to commemorate this. On 18 November the CWO held a meeting in Newcastle to discuss its legacy, the revolutionary events of 1917-1918 as well as the process of degeneration. The following document – The Russian Revolution: From Workers’ Inspiration to Proletarian Tragedy – served as the basis of the presentation and was followed by a discussion.

Bolshevik repression against anarchists in Vologda

Passage Hotel

A short account of the Bolshevik repression against the anarchist movement in Vologda in the years immediately after the Russian Revolution of 1917

Bolshevism; Promises and Reality

A short pamphlet entitled 'Bolshevism Promises and Reality' (An appraisal of the results of the Marxist dictatorship over Russia) written by Gregori Maximov and published in Chicago in 1935 by the Free Society group of Chicago. The pamphlet was restored as a direct copy from an original by the E.G Smith collective and reprinted in 1995.

Ante Ciliga - Gesprek met Lenin in Stalin’s gevangenis

Ante Ciliga

Een hoofdstuk uit Ante Ciliga's in 1936-37 geschreven "Het Russische raadsel" over het verval van de Russische revolutie en over Lenin's rol in de ongebroken opmars van de bureaucratie. Ciliga zat drie jaar in een gevangenis waar ook verschillende groeperingen van de arbeidersoppositie de balans opmaakten.

Reconstructing Lenin - Tamás Krausz

In 'Reconstructing Lenin', four decades in the making, Tamás Krausz, makes a major contribution to a growing field of contemporary Lenin studies. This rich and penetrating account reveals Lenin busy at the work of revolution, his thought shaped by immediate political events but never straying far from a coherent theoretical perspective. Krausz balances detailed descriptions of Lenin’s time and place with lucid explications of his intellectual development, covering a range of topics like war and revolution, dictatorship and democracy, socialism and utopianism. 'Reconstructing Lenin' will change the way you look at a man and a movement.

Lenin rediscovered: what is to be done? in context - Lars T. Lih

Lars T. Lih challenges the conventional interpretation of V. I. Lenin’s classic text, included here is an authoritative new translation. What Is to Be Done? has long been interpreted as evidence of Lenin’s “elitist” attitude toward workers. Lih uses a wide range of previously unavailable contextual sources to fundamentally overturn this reading of history’s most misunderstood revolutionary text. He argues that Lenin’s polemic must be seen within the context of a rising worker’s movement in Russia, and shows that Lenin’s perspective fit squarely within the mainstream of the socialist movement of his time.