Russian revolution

Conquered City - Victor Serge

Victor Serge's novel about the early days of the Bolshevik regime, written in 1932 in France after being expelled from the Soviet Union and part biographical.

Flame on the Snow - Victor Serge

A short story about the events of the Russian Revolution, written between 1920-21. Serge would write a more extensive novelization of this period in Conquered City.

Democratic centralism, the Workers Opposition, clandestine opposition movements, the crisis in the party, Kronstadt and the end of the revolutionary period in Russia - Michel Olivier

A short essay on the left opposition in the Bolshevik Party in Russia from 1919 to 1927, focusing mostly on the Democratic Centralists and the Workers Opposition.

State capitalism: the wages system under new management - Adam Buick & John Crump

Adam Buick and John Crump's book critiquing the post-revolutionary Russian and Chinese economies as state capitalist.

The Russian Revolution's influence on Greek labor - V.N. Gelis

How the Russian Revolution influenced and gave rise to communist ideals in the Greek labour movement and the rise of the KKE-Greek Communist Party.

The same, only in a different way - Gabriel Miasnikov

In this essay written in 1920, the Bolshevik left communist Gabriel Miasnikov examines the limitations of the Russian trade unions in the context of what he perceived to be the economic and political supremacy of the soviet institutions, but concludes that the trade unions must be preserved for purposes of domestic public relations (due to the habits of the Russian workers) and international propaganda (due to the predominant concepts concerning revolution outside of Russia where soviet-type institutions do not exist or are quickly destroyed and revolution is conceived as a trade union affair) and therefore they must be given something to do to keep them busy.

The Makhno Movement and Opposition within the Party

An article from the 1960's journal Obsolete Communism, the Left-Wing Alternative, about the history of the Makhnovist movement and the attention it had received at the time.

An Unsolved Mystery - the "Diary of Makhno's Wife"

Makno's daughter Elena & wife Galina

V.N. Litvinov analyses and disputes the alleged diary of Makhno's wife and its allegations about the Makhnovist movement and its leader.

The Makhnos of memory: Mennonite and Makhnovist narratives of the civil war in Ukraine (1917-1921) - Sean David Patterson

A really interesting Masters thesis on the relationship between Mennonites and Makhnovists in southern Ukraine during the Russian Civil War through the historical narratives found in each group’s literature.

From mass strike to new society - Jeremy Brecher

Excellent text by Jeremy Brecher examining where mass strikes have progressed into the working class attempting to run society in its own interests and the lessons we can learn from them.