A Sympathetic Critical Study
Book Review

Solenberger, Peter

Publisher:  Against the Current
Date Written:  01/03/2019
Year Published:  2019   First Published:  990
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23499

Detailed review of a controversial history of Soviet democracy. Lengthy quotes of the book and arguments from its original publication are included.



Before Stalinism:
The Rise and Fall of Soviet Democracy
By Samuel Farber
Verso, 1990 and 2018, 221 pages + notes, bibliography and index, $24.95 paperback.

VERSO, A NEW LEFT Books imprint, has republished Samuel Farber’s Before Stalinism: The Rise and Fall of Soviet Democracy, originally published in 1990....

The book is valuable on four levels: 1) as an account of the rise and fall of Soviet democracy in the revolutionary period 1917 through 1923; 2) as a critique of Bolshevik thinking and policy on workers' democracy, whether one agrees with the critique or not; 3) as a posing of alternatives for the time, whether one agrees with them or not; and 4) as a drawing of lessons for future revolutions.

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