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A Separate Peace

Auhtor: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Language: english
Published: 1899

Genres:

political,  revolutionary,  social history
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Review by O. Brown, September 2007


Rating: (*****)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Summary of the Book 'A Separate Peace':

The honor of beginning the February 1917 revolution fell to the women textile workers of Petrograd on International Womens Day. Indignant at bread rations whilst the capitalists made fabulous war profits and with many of them having husbands and sons at the front 90000 came out on strike. The next day half the industrial workers struck in support. Slogans of Down with the aristocracy down with the war were raised by demonstrating workers who fought with police but attempted to win over the soldiers and Cossacks (who had suppressed the 1905 revolution). An attempt to use the troops against the workers failed with only the officers being prepared to fire on demonstrators. After clashes with workers the troops turned on the officers and the Tsarist army collapsed. Thus by 28 February the 1000-year-old Tsarist autocracy had collapsed. The working class was the real power but they were not conscious of this. The Mensheviks and Social Revolutionaries handed power to the capitalists. Even Bolshevik leaders in Petrograd led by Stalin and Kamenev gave critical support to the capitalist coalition. Only Lenin in Switzerland and Trotsky in New York understood the significance of the February events as the beginning not only of the Russian revolution but of the international revolution. Lenin demanded that the workers place no trust in the provisional government. However the Bolsheviks were only 8000 strong after the February revolution. Lenin explained that it was necessary for the Bolsheviks to base themselves on the consciousness of the masses. In the first phase of the revolution the masses had taken the line of least resistance giving massive support to the Mensheviks and the Social Revolutionaries. Big events would teach them the correctness of the perspectives strategy and tactics of the Bolsheviks. But the working class learns rapidly in revolution. The Bolsheviks grew quickly. They numbered 2000 members in Petrograd in February 1917 16000 by April (with 79000 nationally) and by late June 32000 members. By the time of the October revolution they had developed into a force of 2400000 on a national scale.

Excerpts from the Book 'A Separate Peace':


... Marxists Internet Archive as your source. Creative Commons License ? ? A SEPARATE PEACE ? ...
... who arrived from Spain), and to the fact that Swiss commercial circles were in possession of similar reliable information obtained from Russian commercial ...
... in this war. First, between England and Germany. Second, between Germany and Russia. These three Great Powers, these three great freebooters, are the ...
... themselves - and rightly so - entitled to the sacred bourgeois right to world supremacy in looting and plundering colonies and dependent countries. ...
... power in Europe with the aid of England and France in order to rob Austria (by annexing Galicia) and Turkey (by annexing Armenia and, especially, ...
... - throughout all these years. England was the most resolute opponent of Russia's predatory policies, because Russia threatened to undermine British ...
... attention from these governments' predatory policies. ? ? War is the continuation of policy. But policy also continues during war! Germany ...
... on the subject. Russia has secret treaties with England, France, etc., and all of them concern plunder and robbery, robbing Germany of her ...
... (the 1910 treaty, for instance, which allowed Japan to gobble up Korea and Russia to gobble up Mongolia), a new secret treaty was concluded during ...
... Armenia, Constantinople - crush Austria, etc. It would then be much easier, with the aid of Japan, to turn against England. But, apparently, Russia ...
... Crush and dismember Austria! Tsarism is entirely in favour of that. But has it the strength? And will England allow it? ? ? Tsarism knows ...
... the Potresovs know nothing at all of tsarism's secret pacts they are forgetting even what they knew before, do not study what can be learned from ...
... the war, and are consequently playing the part of socialist Simple Simons. ? ? If tsarism has become convinced that even with all the aid of liberal ...
... exhausting our military resources, of gaining almost nothing in Europe and of losing the opportunity of getting our share in Asia. This is how ...
... that tomorrow, or the day after we shall wake up and hear the three monarchs proclaim: Hearkening to the voices of our beloved peoples, we have resolved ...
... promises - promises are the only thing that is cheap, even in this period of soaring prices - to discuss the question of reducing armaments and ...
... one or two of the three strongest imperialist powers - England, Germany and Russia - at the expense of the weak (Serbia, Turkey, Belgium, etc.), and ...
... socialism, will have been proved correct. The Russian Social-Democrats ? who maintained that the defeat of tsarism, its complete military smash-up, ...
... ? ? The war will kill and destroy everything weak, social-chauvinism and Kautskyism included. An imperialist peace would further accentuate ...
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