What was the true impact of the October Revolution of 1917? In this openly revisionist interpretation by a major Soviet and then Russian dissident, Lenin is decidedly made to tumble off his pedestal along with his closest acolytes and faithful comrades. The grab for power in Russia was the work of a tiny minority of what the author calls common criminals who were lucky and cunning enough to pull off a successful coup d'etat. Felshtinsky doesn't hesitate calling the Bolsheviks gangsters who had therefore doomed the communist regime from the start because of the circumstances of their rise to power. About the Author Yuri Felshtinsky received a PhD in history from Rutgers University. His books include The Failure of World Revolution (1991), Blowing Up Russia (with Alexander Litvinenko, 2007) and The Coroporation; Russia and the KGB in the Age of President Putin (with Vladimir Pribylovsky, 2008). He lives near Boston, Massachusetts. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Prologue: The Bolsheviks and the October Revolution in Petrograd Part I: The Defeat of the Moderates 1 Forming a Government-- 2 Rebels into Rulers-- 3 Gathering Forces-- 4 The Fate of the Constituent Assembly Part II: War or Peace 5 Fighting Lenin-- 6 "The Socialist Fatherland Is in Danger"7 An Obscene Peace Part III: Soviet Power on the Brink 8 A Turbulent Spring-- 9 Continuing Crises-- 10 The Northern Commune and the Bolshevik-Left SR Alliance-- 11 The Suicide of the Left SRs-- Part IV: Celebration amid Terror 12 The Road to "Red Terror"-- 13 The Red Terror in Petrograd-- 14 Celebrating "the Greatest Event in the History of the World"-- 15 Price of Survival Chronology of Key Events-- Notes-- Bibliography-- Index.
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A major contribution to the historiography of the world in the 20th century, "The Bolsheviks in Power" focuses on the fateful first year of Soviet rule in Petrograd. It examines events that profoundly shaped the Soviet political system that endured through most of the 20th century. Drawing largely from previously inaccessible Soviet archives, it demolishes standard interpretations of the origins of Soviet authoritarianism by demonstrating that the Soviet system evolved ad hoc as the Bolsheviks struggled to retain political power amid spiraling political, social, economic, and military crises. The book covers issues such as the rapid fall of influential moderate Bolsheviks, the formation of the dreaded Cheka, the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly, the Red Terror, the national government's flight to Moscow, and the subsequent rivalry between Russia's new and old capitals. (source: Nielsen Book Data)