The Russian Revolution is the greatest event in world history for Marxists. Studying this, and understanding why it degenerated into Stalinism, is vital.

The Russian Revolution is the greatest event in world history for Marxists. For the first time, the working class successfully took and held power. The slaves fought back and won. For these reasons, the name of Lenin and Trotsky, and the entire 1917 episode, has been deliberately dragged through the mud by the bourgeoisie ever since.

Naturally they are aided in this task by the degeneration of the revolution and by the existence of Stalin’s monstrous dictatorship. However, Stalinism represents the opposite of Bolshevism’s real traditions, which readers can read about in this section, as well as the Marxist explanation for why Stalinism took place and what this means for our movement.

Introduction

The Russian Revolution is the greatest event in world history for Marxists. For the first time, the working class successfully took and held power. The slaves fought back and won. For these reasons, the name of Lenin and Trotsky, and the entire 1917 episode, has been deliberately dragged through the mud by the bourgeoisie ever since.

Naturally they are aided in this task by the degeneration of the revolution and by the existence of Stalin’s monstrous dictatorship. However, Stalinism represents the opposite of Bolshevism’s real traditions, which readers can read about in this section, as well as our explanation for why Stalinism took place and what this means for our movement.

See our specially dedicated site about the 1917 Russian Revolution, In Defence of October, with in depth material - including articles and videos - about all aspects of this pivotal point in human history.

 


 

Introductory articles

Stalin: Fifty Years After the Death of a Tyrant (Part One) - Alan Woods (see also parts two, three, and four)

Lenin's Last Struggle - Alan Woods

How Did Stalin Defeat the Opposition? - Leon Trotsky

 

Longer articles

The Russian Revolution: the meaning of October - Alan Woods

The Russian Revolution: what is achieved and why it degenerated - Alan Woods

The Revolution Betrayed: A Marxist Masterpiece - Alan Woods

The Rise and Fall of the Communist International - Ted Grant

Stalinism and Bolshevism - Leon Trotsky

In Defence of October - Leon Trotsky

 

Marxist classics and books

Ten Days That Shook the World - John Reed

Bolshevism: The Road to Revolution - Alan Woods

Lenin and Trotsky: What They Really Stood For - Ted Grant and Alan Woods

Russia: From Revolution to Counter-Revolution - Ted Grant

The History of the Russian Revolution - Leon Trotsky

The Revolution Betrayed - Leon Trotsky

The Third International After Lenin - Leon Trotsky

 

Audios

The Russian Revolution - Adam Booth

Bolshevism - Alan Woods

Rise and Fall of the Communist International - Marie Frederiksen

In Defence of Leon Trotsky - Alan Woods

Stalinism - Fred Weston

Videos

In Defence of the Russian Revolution - Alan Woods

The significance of the Russian Revolution - Alan Woods

The Russian Revolution: Triumph or Tragedy? - Alan Woods

Lenin and Trotsky - What they really stood for?

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