A Sympathetic Critical Study
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.
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 Farbers 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.