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The Bolsheviks in Power: The First Year of Soviet Rule in Petrograd


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A major contribution to the historiography of the world in the 20th century, The Bolsheviks in Power focuses on the fateful first year of Soviet rule in Petrograd. It examines events that profoundly shaped the Soviet political system that endured through most of the 20th century. Drawing largely from previously inaccessible Soviet archives, it demolishes standard interpretations of the origins of Soviet authoritarianism by demonstrating that the Soviet system evolved ad hoc as the Bolsheviks struggled to retain political power amid spiraling political, social, economic, and military crises. The book covers issues such as the rapid fall of influential moderate Bolsheviks, the formation of the dreaded Cheka, the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly, the Red Terror, the national government's flight to Moscow, and the subsequent rivalry between Russia's new and old capitals.

About the Author


Alexander Rabinowitch is Professor Emeritus of History at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is author of Prelude to Revolution: The Petrograd Bolsheviks and the July 1917 Uprising (IUP, 1968) and The Bolsheviks Come to Power: The Revolution of 1917 in Petrograd. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Bolsheviks and the October Revolution in Petrograd — Part 1. The Defeat of the moderates. 1. Forming a government — 2. Rebels into rulers — 3. Gathering forces — 4. The fate of the constituent assembly — Part 2. War or peace? 5. Fighting Lenin — 6. "The Socialist Fatherland Is in Danger" — 7. An obscene peace — Part 3. Soviet power on the brink. 8. A turbulent spring — 9. Continuing crises — 10. The Northern Commune and the Bolshevik-Left SR alliance — 11. The suicide of the Left SRs — Part 4. Celebration amid terror. 12. The road to "Red Terror" — 13. The Red Terror in Petrograd — 14. Celebrating "The Greatest Event in the History of the World" — 15. Price of survival .

Product Details

Indiana University Press
History : Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Rabinowitch, Alexander
Alexander Rabinowitch
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Soviet Union History Revolution, 1917-
Lenin, Vladimir Il'ich
Russia-General Russian History
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History and Social Science » Russia » Post Soviet Republics
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