1917 and the Colonial Revolution

Solenberger, Peter

Publisher:  Against the Current
Date Written:  01/05/2018
Year Published:  2018  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23318

Solenberger discuss the 1917 Russian Revolution and the subsequent spead of the communist movement internationally. He focuses on the conditions which led to the rapid spread of its ideas and how in 1920 the movement went from being on the offense to defence.




The optimism of summer 1920 faded. The Polish workers did not rise. The Red Army was forced to withdraw. The March (1921) Action in Germany was defeated. Rescue from the west seemed delayed indefinitely.

The situation in Russia was extremely difficult. World War I and the Civil War had devastated the country. With the Civil War over, peasants began to resent the confiscation of their crops to feed the cities. Industry couldn't produce consumer goods to trade with them.

The Comintern and the Bolsheviks shifted from offense to defense. For the Comintern, this meant a turn to the United Front to defend the interests of workers and to build the revolutionary movement for future struggles.

The Communist Parties proposed to unions, political parties and other workers' organizations to join together, despite their political differences, to fight the fast-coming attacks.
"March separately, strike together!"

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