By Neil Faulkner
He rejects caricatures of Lenin and the Bolsheviks as authoritarian conspirators, ‘democratic-centralists’ or the progenitors of Stalinist dictatorship. He argues that the Russian Revolution used to be an explosion of democracy and creativity – and that it used to be beaten by means of bloody counter-revolution and changed with a titanic type of bureaucratic state-capitalism.
Laced with first-hand testimony, this background seeks to rescue the democratic essence of the revolution from its detractors and deniers, supplying an ideal primer for the fashionable reader.
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