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Revolution and Counterrevolution: Class Struggle in a Moscow Metal Factory
by Kevin Murphy
Nearly all recognition of the unparalleled democracy the Russian Revolution established has been destroyed by the legacy of the Stalinist regime that followed. Kevin Murphy’s writing, based on exhaustive research, is the most thorough investigation to date on working-class life during the revolutionary era, reviving the memory of the incredible gains for liberty and equali ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Haymarket Books
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A good, microscopic look at the revolution and period following . Basically, the thesis is that the revolution was NOT a coup de etat, but a actively supported and impelled by workers in action. Neither were workers mere tools of the Bolsheviks or unconditionally adoptive of the Stalinist bureaucratization. Workers existed in a complicated, always shifting relationship to their unions, the various parties, and the Soviet state. The civil war and economic catastrophes destroy much of the cadre-ac ...more
Written with the plodding style of an academic (yawn), Murphy does manage to uncover much of the reality of actually existing worker/Bolshevik thought in the nearly two decades between 1912 and the late 20s in the USSR. The snippets of oral history are tantalising. He focuses on one plant in the midst of Moscow, gleaning various Party, Government and workers' spoken words during this tumultuous time. But Murphy's history is a bit jumbled as he switches between years. I would have preferred a mor ...more