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Russia: From Workers' State to State Capitalism
The essays in this book describe the triumph and defeat of the Russian revolution. They show that Stalin's dictatorship was not the inevitable outcome of the revolution, but a reversal of everything the revolution stood for.
Paperback, 174 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Haymarket Books
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An excellent compendium of essays chronicling the history of the Soviet Union from the earliest months of the Bolshevik Revolution under Lenin to the totalitarian system of Stalin. The most important contributor to this collection is Tony Cliff who coined the term 'State Capitalism,' which states that the Soviet Union under Stalin was not a workers' state, nor was it a degenerated workers' state as Trotsky would later describe it. Rather it was State Capitalist in that the Red Bureaucracy formed ...more
An interesting account of the Russian Revolution, Civil War, and the bastardization of the Soviet Union. Unsurprisingly Leninist, there is still promise here, and it reminds us of what some of the most important parts of the only even moderately successful Socialist Revolution were.
A collection of comprehensive essays that dissect the objective, as well as subjective reasons for the fall of Socialist Russia as well as the rise of Stalin's Russia complete with its liquidation or true socialist revolutionaries, its massive brutality, and its worker repression.