Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9780745399034 Published April 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780745399041 Published March 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

A People's History of the Russian Revolution

Neil Faulkner

A People's History of the Russian Revolution

Neil Faulkner

Distributed for Pluto Press

208 pages | 5 x 7 3/4
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9780745399034 Published April 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780745399041 Published March 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
The Russian Revolution may be the most misunderstood and misrepresented event in modern history, its history told in a mix of legends and anecdotes. In A People's History of the Russian Revolution, Neil Faulkner sets out to debunk the myths and pry fact from fiction, putting at the heart of the story the Russian people who are the true heroes of this tumultuous tale. In this fast-paced introduction, Faulkner tells the powerful narrative of how millions of people came together in a mass movement, organized democratic assemblies, mobilized for militant action, and overturned a vast regime of landlords, profiteers, and warmongers.
 
Faulkner rejects caricatures of Lenin and the Bolsheviks as authoritarian conspirators or the progenitors of Stalinist dictatorship, and forcefully argues that the Russian Revolution was an explosion of democracy and creativity—and that it was crushed by bloody counter-revolution and replaced with a form of bureaucratic state-capitalism.
 
Grounded by powerful first-hand testimony, this history marks the centenary of the Revolution by restoring the democratic essence of the revolution, offering a perfect primer for the modern reader.
Review Quotes
Times Higher Education
"A valuable perspective on a world-shaking event."
Choice
“This is a good, well-written book. The author has a way of encapsulating vast and sweeping movements in history in a few enticing words, and the book is tantalizingly readable. . .”
Neil Davidson, author of We Cannot Escape History: Nations, States, and Revolutions
"Among the countless books which are beginning to appear as the centenary of the Russian Revolution approaches, there is a real need for a clear, historically reliable popular account from a socialist perspective. Faulkner's People's History is that account. Arguing against both right-wing myths that reduce October to a mere coup, and left-sectarian myths that treat of the Bolshevik party as an infallible 'democratic centralist' monolithic, Faulkner forcefully reminds us that the early years of the Russian Revolution saw one of the greatest explosions of mass democracy in human history."
John Newsinger, Bath Spa University
"The experience and example of Russia in 1917 has never been more relevant than in the troubled times we are living through today. The legacy of the Revolution’s centenary is going to be fiercely fought over with the political right determined to discredit the very idea of social revolution, indeed to make it unthinkable. A People’s History of the Russian Revolution, written by one of the finest historians on the left, Faulkner, is a vital contribution to the debate, an essential defence of the revolutionary experience. It is to be wholeheartedly welcomed."
Tansy Hoskins, author of Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion
"A People's History of the Russian Revolution reeks of the vodka, blood, and gunpowder of one of the most vital and important periods in human history. Though the Revolution is usually characterised through a handful of heroes and heroines, Faulkner shows such upheaval can only be achieved when millions of people realise they should be more than factory and cannon-fodder for the rich. A powerful book for an anniversary those in charge would rather we forgot."
 
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