Russian revolution

Trotsky’s defence. Response to Trotsky - Victor Serge

Kronstadt Izvestia

A short letter disputing Trotsky's attempts to shift the blame for the repression of the Kronstadt revolt.

The guillotine at work, part 1: the Leninist counter-revolution

Originally published in 1940 in two parts, this is the (partly eyewitness) account of the Leninist terror inflicted upon Russia during the revolution after 1917.

Great October in the Ukraine

A short piece on the events in the Ukraine during the October Revolution in 1917.

Ten days that shook the world - John Reed

The basis for the Academy Award winning 1981 film Reds, Reed's classic eyewitness account captures the opening days of the Russian Revolution.

An irony of the Russian civil war

Vasko-Bogdan

A short account of Vasko-Bogdan who started out as an anarchist and met his end fighting the Makhnovists

Red Petrograd: revolution in the factories 1917-1918 - S.A. Smith

Well researched and detailed study of the factory-level impact of the Russian Revolution in Petrograd, dealing in particular with implementation of workers' control by the factory councils.

Problems of friendship with Trotsky - Max Eastman

Based on his experience as Trotsky's biographer and literary collaborator, Eastman offers some insights into the man's personality and social behaviour.

The Idea of Equality and the Bolsheviks- Nestor Makhno

Zinoviev

Eight years after the Russian Revolution rival leaders of the Bolshevik party attack the very idea of equality, this prompted renewed criticism from Nestor Makhno.

Kronstadt 1917-21: The fate of a soviet democracy - Israel Getzler

This is the first major study of revolutionary Kronstadt to span the period from February 1917 to the uprising of March 1921. This book focuses attention on Kronstadt's forgotten golden age, between March 1917 and July 1918, when Soviet power and democracy flourished there.