Practical Manual and Counter-Manual

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Dec 22 2006 16:44
Practical Manual and Counter-Manual

"Practical Manual for the Implementation of Workers' Control" was a document distributed by The Central Council of Factory Committees (all-workers body) in late November 1917.

"General Instructions on Workers' Control" were published by Bolshevik government, and became known as "Counter-Manual".

Where could I find these texts?

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Dec 23 2006 18:35

There's some info about them here:
http://libcom.org/library/factory-committees-russian-revolution-rod-jone...

But I've never seen the originals, don't know if they exist in English. If you do ever find them please let us know so we can put them in our library though!

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Dec 23 2006 19:35

Yes, I know about R.M.J's text, that's how I've found out about them.

Well, probably there's no translated original. I'll talk to my Contemporary History class professor. If they exist somewhere, and if they turn out to be short enough, I'll translate them into english.

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Dec 24 2006 21:11
DJ-TC wrote:
Yes, I know about R.M.J's text, that's how I've found out about them.

Well, probably there's no translated original. I'll talk to my Contemporary History class professor. If they exist somewhere, and if they turn out to be short enough, I'll translate them into english.

That would be excellent, cheers TC.

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Dec 25 2006 15:39

If someone can give the name in Russian or guidelines (keywords etc.) on how to search for it I can check the University of Washington libraries and journals for its mention.

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Dec 25 2006 16:23

magidd would probably know...

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Dec 25 2006 16:39

In an essay in "For Workers Power" Maurice Brinton mentions that the only way he was sure about the "Practical Manual" is that an old left-libertarian in Paris -- possibly a Russian emigre -- had a physical copy of the original in Russian.

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Dec 25 2006 18:23

Interesting...

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Dec 25 2006 20:08

Hm... If he copied it into english, it's probably somewhere in his pile of notes in a garage somewhere. tongue

But it must be somewhere in published collected documentary sources for Russian Revolution history. Definately in Russian, so if someone speaks russian...

Oh.. as far as Counter-Manual goes, i think that, comparing it with what Rod Jones described, this is the sketch of the text we have in mind: Draft Regulations on Workers' Control, by Lenin

This is the trouble part:

"5. The decisions of the elected representatives of the workers and office employees are binding upon the owners of enterprises and may be annulled only by trade unions and their congresses."

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Dec 28 2006 20:48

Hm... I've asked the professor...

It took me a minute to explain that I'm not looking for a Petrograd Soviet document, but a Factory Committee document. All professors... pretty much the same, aren't they?

Anyway, if there is, it can't be found i a local library, that's for sure.

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Dec 28 2006 21:07

I failed to find any mention of it in English language in an extensive academic journal database I searched through.

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Dec 28 2006 21:11

Perhaps you could contact the International Workers Association section in Russia. It is probably a document they would be interested in having.

The contact details are: KRAS
c/o Vadim Damier
Pereulok Alaymova 13 Kv 24
107258 Moscow
RUSSIA
E-mail: comanar@mail.ru
Web: http://www.kras.fatal.ru

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Dec 29 2006 18:59

it might be quicker PMing magidd...

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May 30 2007 20:51

I found it. Comrade Vadim from Petrograd sent me the text, printed in german in a book written by A.M. Pankratov, Fabrikrate in Russland (Frankfurt, 1976).

Since I don't speak german I'll have someone translate it to my language, and then I'll translate it to english, type it, and send it to LibCom library.

Cheers.

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May 30 2007 21:25
DJ-TC wrote:
I found it. Comrade Vadim from Petrograd sent me the text, printed in german in a book written by A.M. Pankratov, Fabrikrate in Russland (Frankfurt, 1976).

Since I don't speak german I'll have someone translate it to my language, and then I'll translate it to english, type it, and send it to LibCom library.

Cheers.

DJ-TC, that would be amazing, thank you so much!

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May 31 2007 04:37

I think A. Pankratova was the official Soviet historian (one of Stalin's favorites) of the factory committee movement. The book's title translates as "Factory Committees in Russia".

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May 31 2007 19:55

This is very good - thanks DJ-TC! Will look forward to reading it.

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Jun 2 2007 18:24

Yeah this is really interesting.