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Alexandra Kollontai―the only woman member of the Bolshevik central committee and the USSR’s first Minister of Social Welfare―is known today as a historic contributor to the international women’s movement, and as one of the first Bolshevik leaders to oppose the growth of the bureaucracy in the young socialist state. Her Selected Writings discuss the social democratic moveme ...more
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Published 1984 by Allison and Busby (first published December 12th 1977)
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Devin
This one was a tough read that left me feeling conflicted in many places; contemplative is what I am feeling after finishing this book. For a number of reasons. Fortunately as a Marxist, I know that historical materialism can help me understand this better.

Alexandra Kollontai was far ahead of her time. That much I can assert. Her views on the women's liberation movement as being tantamount to the struggle for Communism, was not something that was readily explored in depth for many decades after
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Sean
Mar 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: communism, russia
Insightful writings on the oppression of women under capitalism and the beginnings of women's liberation under socialism. The collection also includes Kollontai's utopian views of establishing workers' control of production - in the midst of a civil war - suggesting that she believed socialism in one country was a possibility, even a country devastated by war. This might explain Kollontai's capitulation to Stalin and apolitical rejection of the Left (or United) Opposition, covered in the last se ...more
Lillian
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading women like Kollontai’s is important, not only for historical perspectives, but for theoretical ones too. The things Kollontai writes about, family and marriage abolition most importantly, need to be taken in by communists. Unfortunately her writing can get a little dry sometimes. On the bright side, her two fiction pieces are quite riveting!
Milly
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only read 'Working Woman and Mother'
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Ethan
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well selected and presented writings of a thinker who seems to have been before her time.
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Details clearly about an entirely different volume to this classic collection of writing by a true hero in the fight for a better different life for all of us ...
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Alexandra Mikhailovna Kollontai (Russian: Алекса́ндра Миха́йловна Коллонта́й — née Domontovich, Домонто́вич; March 31 [O.S. March 19] 1872 – 9 March 1952) was a Russian Communist revolutionary, first as a member of the Mensheviks, then from 1914 on as a Bolshevik. In 1923, Kollontai was appointed Soviet Ambassador to Norway, one of the first women to hold such a post (Diana Abgar was earlier).

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