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No Less Than Mystic: A History of Lenin and the Russian Revolution for a 21st-Century Left #2020

No Less Than Mystic A History of Lenin and the Russian Revolution for a st Century Left Published in the centenary year of the Russian Revolution No Less Than Mystic is a fresh and iconoclastic history of Lenin and the Bolsheviks for a generation uninterested in Cold War ideologies

  • Title: No Less Than Mystic: A History of Lenin and the Russian Revolution for a 21st-Century Left
  • Author: John Medhurst
  • ISBN: 9781910924471
  • Page: 148
  • Format: Paperback
  • No Less Than Mystic: A History of Lenin and the Russian Revolution for a 21st-Century Left By John Medhurst, Published in the centenary year of the 1917 Russian Revolution, No Less Than Mystic is a fresh and iconoclastic history of Lenin and the Bolsheviks for a generation uninterested in Cold War ideologies and stereotypes Although it offers a full and complete history of Leninism, 1917, the Russian Civil War and its aftermath, the book devotes time than usual to the policPublished in the centenary year of the 1917 Russian Revolution, No Less Than Mystic is a fresh and iconoclastic history of Lenin and the Bolsheviks for a generation uninterested in Cold War ideologies and stereotypes Although it offers a full and complete history of Leninism, 1917, the Russian Civil War and its aftermath, the book devotes time than usual to the policies and actions of the socialist alternatives to Bolshevism to the Menshevik Internationalists, the Socialist Revolutionaries SRs , the Jewish Bundists and the anarchists It prioritises Factory Committees, local Soviets, the Womens Zhenotdel movement, Proletkult and the Kronstadt sailors as much as the statements and actions of Lenin and Trotsky Using the neglected writings and memoirs of Mensheviks like Julius Martov, SRs like Victor Chernov, Bolshevik oppositionists like Alexandra Kollontai and anarchists like Nestor Makhno, it traces a revolution gone wrong and suggests how it might have produced a libertarian, emancipatory socialism than that created by Lenin and the Bolsheviks Although the book broadly covers the period from 1903 the formation of the Bolsheviks and Mensheviks to 1921 the suppression of the Kronstadt rebellion and explains why the Bolshevik Revolution degenerated so quickly into its apparent opposite, it continually examines the Leninist experiment through the lens of a 21st century, de centralised, ecological, anti productivist and feminist socialism Throughout its narrative it interweaves and draws parallels with contemporary anti capitalist struggles such as those of the Zapatistas, the Kurds, the Argentinean Recovered Factories , Occupy, the Arab Spring, the Indignados and Intersectional feminists, attempting to open up the past to the present and points in between We do not need another standard history of the Russian Revolution This is not one.

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    1. No Less Than Mystic A History of Lenin and the Russian Revolution for a 21st Century Left by John Medhurst is a detailed history of the Russian Revolution as a political event Medhurst is a Trade Union Industrial Officer with a background in Civil Service and Public Sector policy issues He was born in London and has a B.A in History Politics from Queen Mary College, University of London He has worked at all levels in the civil service including Job Centres, the HSE and Whitehall, in all of which [...]

    2. I received this book for free through First Reads.No Less Than Mystic A Story of Lenin and the Russian Revolution for a 21st Century Left by John Medhurst is an in depth historical and political insight to the truth about what really happened in Russia before, during and after the Bolshevik insurrection of October 1917 Beginning with the end of the Tsars rule and ending with Stalinism, Medhurst unearths the fact from the fiction, challenging the information the world has been led to believe.As m [...]

    3. John Medhurst s new book is essential reading for anyone who a thinks of themselves as being progressive or on the left or b has something positive to say about Lenin or Trotsky Actually, b is optional, because John s book is essential reading for all socialists, full stop.What he has done in forensic detail over the course of 600 pages is to bury completely the notion that the moment that Bolshevism went bad was in 1939 when Stalin signed a non aggression pact with Hitler , or 1937 when the Gre [...]

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