My note on the anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 11/07/2016 - 21:53
Nov 7 1917, Russian Government Overthrown in Bolshevik Revolution
Nov 7 1917, Russian Government Overthrown in Bolshevik Revolution


<99 years> Almost a hundred years ago, the Tsarist Russian regime collapsed in the face of mass demonstrations. War and privations broke the iron cage of the Tsarist regime and opened the door first to a bourgeois government, and then to the Soviets. The second revolution of 1917 took place on November 7 (October in the Julian or Old Style calendar). The demonstrations began on International Women's Day on March 8 and culminated with the seizure of power by the Soviets on November 7. The actuality of revolution, as Lukacs put it, became imminent.

To commemorate the Revolution of 1917, LeftWord Books will publish a set of books that we hope will help put the Revolution and its aftermath in perspective:

(1) V. I. Lenin, Revolution! The 1917 Writings. Edited and Introduced by Prakash Karat.
(2) John Reed, Ten Days that Shook the World. Introduced by P. Sainath.
(3) Nadezhda Krupskaya, The Woman Worker and Other Essays. This is translated from Russian for the first time - by Alanna Dent.
(4) Alexandra Kollantai, Selections.
(5) Cecilia Bobrovskaya, Twenty Years in Underground Russia: Memoirs of a Rank and File Bolshevik.
(6) Walter Rodney, The Dar Es Salaam Lectures on 1917. Edited and introduced by Robin D. G. Kelley.
(7) Pankaj Mishra, The East is Read. To accompany this essay will be six other short essays on reading Progress Publishers and others Soviet books.

Somewhere in the folds of time, Mayakovsky is still reciting his poem:

‘The Commune will never go down.