USSR

August 12, 1937: Killing day at Tobolsk

Tobolsk Prison

A short account of the state murder of Russian anarchists in 1937.

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.

Darkness at Noon - Arthur Koestler

Darkness at Noon dramatises the Moscow show trials and the elimination of the Bolshevik old guard by "No.1" In the Fatherland of Revolution. Told primarily from the point of view of N.S. Rubashov a fictitious merging of real Bolsheviks known to Koestler

The Case of Comrade Tulayev - Victor Serge

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Masterful fictionalisation of the purges and how they affected the various character types in the political upheaval of Stalinist Russia.

Czechoslovakia 1968: What socialism? What human face? - Petr Cerny

Excellent pamphlet from Solidarity with a critique of the myth of the Prague Spring. It recounts the internal struggles in the Czech Communist Party as the technocrats outmanoeuvre the dogmatists, and the working class do not show their potential until the Soviet invasion. Contains a postscript on the anti-intellectual ideas of Jan Machajski by Paul Avrich.

The Makhnovshchina and Anti-Semitism- Nestor Makhno

A series of complaints about the pervasiveness of the allegations that the Makhnovschina where anti semitic and a list of the efforts gone to to disprove them.

The Idea of Equality and the Bolsheviks- Nestor Makhno

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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.