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The Zemstvo Campaign and Iskra Plan

Auhtor: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Language: english
Published: 1907

Genres:

political,  revolutionary,  social history
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Review by Michael Gallagher, January 2005


Rating: (***)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Summary of the Book 'The Zemstvo Campaign and Iskra Plan':

The Russian Revolution of 1917 is also called the Bolshevik Revolution or the October Revolution. In 1917 there were actually two revolutions in Russia. One was the February Revolution in which the Tsar abdicated his throne and the Provisional Government took power. The other was the October Revolution in which the Provisional Government was overthrown by the Bolsheviks. The Russian Revolution of 1917 played a very important role in world history and also a major role in the history of the Baltic states of Estonia Latvia and Lithuania. Baltic peoples also played a major role in the 1917 Revolution particularly the Latvian Bolsheviks who comprised a key portion of the Red Guards that defended the Bolsheviks at a crucial time in its early existence. Earlier during the 1905 Revolution in Russia the peasants in the Baltic took this as their cue to revolt against their rulers. At different times in history the Estonian and Latvian peasants had been ruled by Tsarist Russia the Kingdom of Sweden and the Baltic German nobility Lithuanian peasants were governed by Russia and before it by the Kingdom of Poland (1569 to 1791). They saw this time period as an opportunity to finally take control over their destiny and to rule them selves. Though it didnt lead to independence at this time it independence did emerge from 1918 till 1940 for the people of the Baltic States.

Excerpts from the Book 'The Zemstvo Campaign and Iskra Plan':


... complete plan for influencing our liberal Zemstvo-ist petitioners for a constitution.     Before analysing this exceedingly instructive ...
... conditions that were manifestly unreal, being altogether impossible for the liberals to fulfil.     * See present edition, Vol. 5, pp. ...
... their very nature, doomed to irresolution and half-heartedness. By criticising this half-heartedness, the Social-Democrats keep prodding the liberals ...
... would be so useful, and might prove decisive, there are Social-Democrats who go about mumbling about levers for reaction. This is not just muddle-headedness, ...
... of anything that goes beyond a qualified franchise constitution, the liberal gentry will always stand in fear of the slogan a democratic republic ...
... a battle strikes fear and panic into the Trubetskoys and the thousands of less enlightened liberal gentlemen. But we should be fools if we took their ...
... when the government is flirting with the Zemstvos and the people are being hoodwinked and lulled with empty words, we must particularly beware of the ...
... of smiles on the Zemstvos, without even any limitation of the monarchy.     Making pressure on the Zemstvos instead of on the government ...
... democrat has a right to speak in the name of the people all along the line (for no bourgeois democrat is capable today of championing democracy resolutely ...
... an Assembly which speaks in the name of the people to hear the voice of the people's genuine representatives.     Such is the new Iskra ...
... for the time being (we are no formalists!) but, on the other hand, an agreement is being reached in practice, now, at once, viz., an agreement not ...
... to hold forth about great plans and if we do have it, then it is force we must oppose to the Cossacks and police, we must try to gather a crowd of such ...
... bourgeois opposition. But when a specially authorised spokesman appointed by an executive committee, which has been elected by an organising group, which ...
... Agreements with the Zemstvo-ists about a peaceful statement by our spokesman who will undertake not to cause panic among Messrs. the liberals ...
... letter of the Iskra editors. At this of all times, the political activity of the proletariat must be focused on organising powerful pressure on the ...
... response to the Zemstvo petitions must be to call meetings, scatter leaflets, and - where there are forces enough - organise demonstrations to ...
... with the superscription For Party Members Only inasmuch as the Iskra editors' letter was issued with that superscription. Actually, to stage secrecy ...
... the Menshevik Iskra in November 1904. It evoked a reply from the editors, in the form of a second letter both letters bore the superscription For Party ...
... Despite the squandering of the advantages of the planned economy by the monstrous one-party, totalitarian regime which subsequently arose, the Russian ...
... people in smashing the Tsarist dictatorship. Taking state power through their Soviets (councils), the armed workers overthrew landlordism and capitalism, ...