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  • ksen
Socialism, Russia and the Revolution
I want to read a good book about the rise of socialism in Russia and the Russian Revolution but I don't want to have to wade through a ton of books by right-wing hacks.

Anyone have some book suggestions?

  • meepmeep
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  • zombiecat queen
Re: Socialism, Russia and the Revolution
Reply #1
Go to the library and read the first part of Geoffrey Hosking's The First Socialist Society. That's a good start for the basics. Read the rest of it while you're at it.

  • ksen
Re: Socialism, Russia and the Revolution
Reply #2
Going to the library is socialist.

thanks!

  • meepmeep
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  • zombiecat queen
Re: Socialism, Russia and the Revolution
Reply #3
You're welcome!

I'm sure there are a bunch of good books out there, but I can't remember any others off the top of my head. That book was our basic text for my Soviet history class, and the rest of the readings were a mix of articles, literature, primary documents, etc. We didn't actually spend a whole lot of time on the period leading up the revolution or the revolution itself.

  • el jefe
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Re: Socialism, Russia and the Revolution
Reply #4
fun fact: 
we sent troops into russia during the revolution, to try to prop up the side that ultimately lost.  we have amnesia about that, just like we have amnesia about a lot of shitty things we've done overseas.  but I assume the russians have not forgotten.

  • Monad