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A Third Step Back

Auhtor: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Language: english
Published: 1908

Genres:

political,  revolutionary,  social history
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Review by O. Brown, July 2005


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Summary of the Book 'A Third Step Back':

Returning to Russia on April 3 Lenin arrived in Petrograd during the All-Russian Conference of Bolshevik Party Workers. In his first address to the delegates he advocated uncompromising opposition to the war and the Provisional Government and irreconcilable hostility toward all supporters of both he proposed that the party struggle for the establishment of a proletarian dictatorship. At the same time he declared that the Bolsheviks who were a small minority confronted a task not of the immediate seizure of power but of patient propaganda to convince a majority of the workers of the soundness of Bolshevik policy. Opposed at first by virtually the entire Bolshevik leadership Lenin quickly succeeded in converting the party to his course. Bolshevik policy was thereafter directed toward the assumption of full power by the soviets immediate termination of the war planned and organized seizure of the land by the peasants and control by the workers of industrial production. Bolshevik propaganda themes were exemplified in the slogans Peace Land Bread and All Power to the Soviets. The exiled revolutionary Leon Trotsky who arrived in Petrograd in May from America agreed with Lenins policy and joined the Bolshevik Party. Developments favored the Bolshevik cause. On April 18 Milyukov sent a note to the Allied governments promising to continue the war to a victorious conclusion in ambiguous language the note also pledged his support of the Provisional Government to a policy of annexing foreign territory and imposing indemnities on defeated nations. This pronouncement in sharp contrast with the earlier declaration to the people of the whole world issued by the Petrograd Soviet on March 14 calling for peace without annexations and indemnities provoked armed demonstrations of protest by workers and soldiers in the capital. Contrary to the proposal of General Lavr Georgiyevich Kornilov to quell the demonstrations by force the Petrograd Soviet which assumed sole command of the garrison of the capital ordered all troops to remain in their barracks. As a result of the political crisis Milyukov and Guchkov resigned and the government was reorganized on May 5 to include representatives of the socialist parties which received 6 of the 15 portfolios Kerensky became minister of war.

Excerpts from the Book 'A Third Step Back':


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... the use of Party property and the disbursement of Party funds. We consider comment on such behaviour superfluous. ? ? ? In the article on the Third ...
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... of election but on the principle of agreement, as the new-Iskrists see it, or on the principle of confusion, as we see it. On the one hand, ...
... the principle ? of the subordination of the minority to the majority. The new-Iskrists want to show the world a shining example of the manner ...
... a statement of principles. They are a superb, peerless illustration of the famous organisation-as process theory. Now even the blind must see that organisation-as-process ...
... Anyone desiring to have dealings with the Mensheviks must now take the trouble of communicating with each of their organisations separately, ...
... take measures to furnish the Party publicists greater possibilities to wage a struggle in the legal press for the theoretical principles of the Party. ...
... the shadings of Social-Democracy akin to Economism, and on the constriction of the scope of Party work. We shall say nothing of the incredibly ...
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... work, the most energetic measures for the arming of the proletariat. A planned uprising is excluded, retort the new-Iskrists we must expand agitation, ...
... revolutionary government in order to guarantee truly free and fair elections of the need to ? prepare for the struggle with the bourgeoisie to ...
... from above), the object of such participation being clearly specified (a ruthless struggle against counter revolution and defence of the independent ...
... Conference resolution? The resolution begins with the grossly erroneous assertion that the decisive victory of the revolution over tsarism may be ...
... of the workers may consist either in their winning the eight-hour day or in the government's granting them the ten-hour day, from which stage the workers ...
... to offer a guiding slogan. ? ? While admitting the possibility of partial and sporadic seizures of power in separate cities and districts, ...
... political tendency of this erroneous tactical line is to bring new-Iskraism closer to Osvobozhdeniye-ism, to yield the leadership in the democratic ...
... Revolutionary Workers' Association. - DJR] ? points, although in reality there is no guarantee whatever that the Osvobozhdeniye crowd will not ...
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