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  • ISBN 0801418585
  • ISBN13 978-0801418587
  • Language English
  • Author Vladimir Brovkin
  • Publisher Cornell University Press; First Edition edition (November 23, 1987)
  • Pages 354
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In this major contribution to our understanding of the Russian Revolution, Vladimir Brovkin provides the fullest account to date of the Menshevik party during the first year of Soviet rule. Focusing on the period from October 1917 through October 1918―months when the Soviet political system still permitted a degree of electoral competition among political parties―he explores the moderate socialists' opposition to the Bolsheviks. Why, he asks, did the competition between the Bolsheviks and their socialist opponents lead to a violent confrontation? And how did their struggle shape the increasingly repressive political system that emerged during this period?

Brovkin examines several major aspects of Menshevik party history in an effort to discover the organization's place in the revolutionary upheavals that rocked Russian society. He analyzes the debates within the party over the best policy for opposing the Bolsheviks and describes the Mensheviks' attempt to undermine their rivals by winning the support of the working class. He depicts too the struggle for party leadership and the changing composition of the membership. Finally, Brovkin explores the Mensheviks' interactions with their sometime ally the Socialist Revolutionary (SR) party and other opposition groups and traces the increasingly confrontational competition between the moderate socialists and the Bolsheviks, concluding his account with the onslaught of the Red Terror and the first stage of the civil war.

Drawing on an impressive array of primary sources, Brovkin convincingly shows that as the political struggle progressed, the Mensheviks, together with the SRs, were seen as a serious challenge to the Bolsheviks. He argues, further, that the Bolsheviks' determination to counter this perceived threat led them to undertake the repressive actions that both crushed their opposition and transformed the Soviet government into a dictatorship.


Brovkin examines the revolutionary period from October 1917 through October 1918 to show how the Mensheviks and other opposition groups including the Socialist Revolutionary party threatened the Bolsheviks.

Brovkin examines the revolutionary period from October 1917 through October 1918 to show how the Mensheviks and other opposition groups including the Socialist Revolutionary party threatened the Bolsheviks.

Focusing on the period from October 1917 through October 1918-months when .

Focusing on the period from October 1917 through October 1918-months when the Soviet political system still permitted a degree of electoral competition among political parties-he explores the moderate socialists' opposition to the Bolsheviks.

CHAPTER 1 The Mensheviks in October: From Government Party to Opposition

Published by: Cornell University Press. CHAPTER 1 The Mensheviks in October: From Government Party to Opposition. The history of the Menshevik opposition during the year after October 1917 reveals the close relationship between the Bolsheviks’ struggle against their socialist opponents and the development of the Soviet system. The political system underwent constant change throughout the period; so did the views, attitudes, political objectives, platforms, and influence of the parties that vied for power.

After the October Revolution, differences emerged inside the party. The Mensheviks after October: socialist opposition and the rise of the Bolshevik dictatorship. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. In 1921, the party issued the "Platform of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party", calling for liquidating the political monopoly of the Communist Party, which was identified as something quite different from the dictatorship of the proletariat, privatizations of large sectors of industry and giving full voting rights to the peasantry and those treated by the Soviet government as the bourgeois class. p. 302. ISBN 978-0-8014-9976-0.

The Mensheviks after October : Socialist Opposition and the Rise of the Bolshevik Dictatorship. by Vladimir N. Brovkin.

By Vladimir N. and London: Cornell University Press, 1988. xviii, 329 pp. Photographs. University of Michigan.

Some Mensheviks left the party after the defeat of 1905 and joined legal opposition organisations. Vladimir N. Brovkin, The Mensheviks After October: Socialist Opposition and the Rise of the Bolshevik Dictatorship. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1987

Some Mensheviks left the party after the defeat of 1905 and joined legal opposition organisations. After a while, Lenin's patience wore out with their compromising and in 1908 he called these Mensheviks "liquidationists". Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1987. Ziva Galili, The Menshevik Leaders in the Russian Revolution: Social Realities and Political Strategies.

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