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A Shameful Fiasco

Auhtor: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Language: english
Published: 1912

Genres:

political,  revolutionary,  social history
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Review by Joanna Daneman, July 2005


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Summary of the Book 'A Shameful Fiasco':

In 1917 Russia was again at war (WWI) and they were losing to the Germans mainly because they lacked the modern industry to support its war effort and didnt have an adequate railroad system to get supplies to the front. As in 1905 when revolution broke out confidence was not very high in the Tsar Nicholas II. The situation in Petrograd (formerly St Petersburg) was dire for most of the population. Because of the war food supplies were low unemployment was high and inflation was out of control. Because of these conditions many workers became politicized and joined revolutionary organizations known as soviets. The miserable conditions coupled with 385000 workers on strike in Petrograd led to a combustible situation. It was the lack of bread that provided the spark to light the dry tinder of revolution in a city whose military garrison sided with the insurgents at the crucial moment (Kirby 245). Fed up with the Tsarist regime the workers peasants and soldiers rose up and demanded the redistribution of land. On February 28 1917 Nicholas II abdicated his throne tsarist forces surrendered and the Tsars ministers were arrested. This was to be the end of the last of the tsarist regimes in Russia. Put in its place was the Provisional Government which consisted of a coalition of conservative moderate and liberal socialists. More specifically the Provisional Government was made up of Mensheviks and Socialist Revolutionaries. Aleksandr F. Kerensky the minister of justice was one of the key people of the Provisional Government. It is important to note that when the Provisional Government first took power in Russia that for a time there existed both the Provisional Government and the worker soviets. So in a sense there was a duality of power. Soon after the Provisional Government took power the worker soviets consolidated their power. One of the first things they voted on was to free political prisoners. This brought some of the most radical leaders back into Petrograd. It also brought other leaders back from abroad who fled the country to escape tsarist persecution (Le Blanc 5).

Excerpts from the Book 'A Shameful Fiasco':


... No. 50, November 28 (December 11), 1909 Published according to the text of the separate reprint First published 1963 Translated from ...
... Archive (2000). You may freely copy, distribute, display and perform this work as well as make derivative and commercial works. Please credit ...
... A SHAMEFUL FIASCO ? ? The reader will remember the short but instructive history of the Party school in X.-. Here it is. After a year's ...
... in X.- to be the centre of a new faction consisting of the supporters of these trends.* The leaders abroad of the new faction built on these three monster ...
... endowed with unusual political courage and unshakable belief in their creed, the heroes of the new faction did not venture to come out with visor up in ...
... they managed to collect some thirteen workers in this mock-Party school and a group consisting of Maximov, Alexinsky, Lyadov and Lunacharsky set ...
... only concealed the fact that the school was the centre of a new faction but strenuously insisted that the school was not connected with any faction ...
... Note: See Lenin's Conference of the Extended Editorial Board of Proletary. - DJR] ? ? ** Incidentally let Comrade Trotsky read the workers' ...
... his promise to go and teach in the school at X.- (if one of the reports of the school is correct in saying that such a promise was given). Perhaps ...
... unction. ? ? ? And, now, finally, the last stage. Of the workers who came abroad to study at this mock-Party school, about half of them ...
... from Moscow which completely expose Maximov, Alexinsky, Lyadov and Co. for the adventurers they are. The contents speak for themselves. It is all ...
... practical studies of questions of agitation and propaganda, a course on social philosophies, etc. But alas, no one will take this pitiful, shameful ...
... workers of the superiority of otzovism and god-building over revolutionary Marxism. Then, losing patience, they began to force the otzovist-ultimatumist ...
... god-builders there is no control over the school either from below or from above, say the worker comrades in their letters. And this is the surest ...
... that the policy of hide-and-seek and demagogic democratism is doomed to bankruptcy in the eyes of the pro-Party workers. The local organisations themselves ...
... faith in this clique. ? ? In conclusion - one request, godly otzovist gentlemen. When you in your divinely hallowed Tsarevokokshaisk finish - ...
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