Martov: A Political Biography of a Russian Social Democrat
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Martov: A Political Biography of a Russian Social Democrat

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This is the first biography of Martov, the founder and leader of Menshevism. It records his revolutionary apprenticeship in Vilno and St Petersburg in 1893 6; his early friendship and partnership with Lenin in Siberian exile and on the revolutionary newspaper Iskra in Munich and London; the dramatic break-up of that partnership at the Second Congress of Russian Social Demo...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published July 23rd 2003 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1967)
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Between the Tsar and the communism of Lenin and Stalin, it is hard not to wonder if Russia could have ended up on a third path. That is why the life of the Menshevik Julius Martov is interesting, since he was both a socialist committed to the overthrow of hereditary rule and a democrat who was deeply critical of Lenin's vision of dictatorship.

This book, the only biography I could find of Martov, does a good job of showing his humanity and belief in a better world, and his total inability to sei...more
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