Prelude to Revolution: The Petrograd Bolsheviks and the July Uprising ( English Solo Song) Jan 01, by Alexander Rabinowitch · Hardcover. Alexander Rabinowitch is Emeritus Professor of History at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is author of Prelude to Revolution: The Petrograd Bolsheviks and. Alexander Rabinowitch is professor emeritus of history, Indiana University, Bloomington and author most recently of The Bolsheviks in Power.

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But then also, I should add, one needs to have an accurate, sensible view of the revolution. Listen to an interview with the author. Wade, American Historical Review.

I work in Russian archives two months every year. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. And then I was hooked by the material I was finding in libraries and archives and I went to the Soviet Union in and spent the year there working on the July uprising ofmostly in libraries because the archives were closed to Western scholars.

The two points of view that I described relate to people who see it as a revolution, one side positively the other negatively. The Defeat of the Moderates.

On the declaration of NEP [New Economic Policy] as one process with the February revolution being a stage of, the July uprising quite likely a stage, with the October Revolution another stage, with the end of the Constituent Assembly another stage et cetera et cetera. In this important study, praised by Western and Russian reviewers alike, Rabinowitch set for himself the twin goals of explaining how the Bolshevik party was relatively quickly “transformed into one of the most highly centralized authoritarian political organizations in modern history” and the rapidity with which the grass-roots egalitarian ideals that contributed immeasurably to its effectiveness in the struggle for power in Russia were subverted.


My sense was that Lenin was opposed to that and that was part of the price of having a decentralized party. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. But let me just hasten to add that I respect that.

My dad got a job at MIT in Boston Massachusetts and I grew up in a Russian immigrant community surrounded by people who had fled the revolution.

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Only 16 left in stock more on the way. Melancon and Donald J. When they came to power they got widespread support precisely because the masses were concerned that there would be another counter revolutionary attempt.

I was fairly young then, but people like Boris Nikolaevsky, who was sort of the archivist of the Social Democrats, was a kind of grandfather to me. So that Lenin tolerated that lively debate and that lively debate was essential in September when Lenin called for the immediate seizure of power in mid-September.

That’s how I became interested in the subject professionally. Related Links Listen to an interview with the author. He is recognized internationally as a leading expert on the Bolsheviksthe Russian Revolution ofand the Russian civil war. They made a great effort to build connections with factory committees in factories and in trade unions getting strength and among garrison troops.

Only 2 left in stock more on the way. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. He had a much less drastic, slower plan for development which, in my view, would have avoided the great tragedy of the Stalin era.

Infollowing decades of archival research and writing, Rabinowitch published The Bolsheviks in Power: In contrast to so many others working in the field of Soviet studies, who have adapted themselves to the prevailing climate of intellectual dishonesty and cynicism, Professor Rabinowitch has not compromised his integrity as a scholar.

And I do it step by step in the same way that I tried to document what happened in and High to Low Avg.

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Written in an engaging style, The Bolsheviks in Power is a ‘must read’ for anyone interested in revolutionary change. The archival research is truly impressive and will lend solid weight to the story Rabinowitch tells and the important revisions, modifications, and clarifications he makes in establishing the rabinkwitch of this extremely important period.


Alex Steinberg 13 February This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. This is the transcript of an interview conducted on Nov. The Bolsheviks in Power: Rabinowitch has been affiliated research scholar with the St.

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It almost was catastrophic in July during the abortive July uprising when the left-wing of the party tried to overthrow the Provisional Government and transfer power to the Soviets too early. In the course of your work you definitively debunked a number of myths about the October Revolution and I’d like to ask you to explain what some of those myths are and how your book debunks them.

All Formats Paperback Hardcover Sort by: Well we can certainly debate all those issues but there’s no question that external circumstances forced the Bolsheviks to adopt measures that they originally had no intention of adopting. But in the long run that internal democracy and that decentralization was critical to the party’s success. Based on wide-ranging empirical research, the book stresses broad popular support for the Bolshevik program calling for peace, land, and bread and transfer of power to the soviets, as well as the party’s tolerance of diverse views and its decentralized organizational structure in explaining its successful accession to power in October.

Can you explain how your books debunk that myth and what you actually found to be the case?

The Bolsheviks Come to Power: It will serve, for years to come, as an essential reference point for the study of the political and social aftermath of the overthrow of the bourgeois Provisional Government and the establishment of the Bolshevik regime.