The Bolsheviks In Power: The First Year Of Soviet Rule In Petrograd by Alexander RabinowitchThe Bolsheviks In Power: The First Year Of Soviet Rule In Petrograd by Alexander Rabinowitch

The Bolsheviks In Power: The First Year Of Soviet Rule In Petrograd

byAlexander Rabinowitch

Paperback | August 8, 2008

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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.

Alexander Rabinowitch is Emeritus Professor 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.
Title:The Bolsheviks In Power: The First Year Of Soviet Rule In PetrogradFormat:PaperbackDimensions:520 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.4 inPublished:August 8, 2008Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253220424

ISBN - 13:9780253220424


Table of Contents

Prologue: The Bolsheviks and the October Revolution in Petrograd
Part I: The Defeat of the Moderates

Chapter 1 Forming a Government

Chapter 2 Rebels into Rulers

Chapter 3 Gathering Forces

Chapter 4 The Fate of the Constituent Assembly

Part II: War or Peace
Chapter 5 Fighting Lenin

Chapter 6 "The Socialist Fatherland Is in Danger"

Chapter 7 An Obscene Peace

Part III: Soviet Power on the Brink

Chapter 8 A Turbulent Spring

Chapter 9 Continuing Crises

Chapter 10 The Northern Commune and the Bolshevik-Left SR Alliance

Chapter 11 The Suicide of the Left SRs

Part IV: Celebration amid Terror

Chapter 12 The Road to "Red Terror"

Chapter 13 The Red Terror in Petrograd

Chapter 14 Celebrating "the Greatest Event in the History of the World"

Chapter 15 Price of Survival

Chronology of Key Events

Editorial Reviews

This book is essential reading for those wanting to understand how the Bolsheviks took control of the Soviet State. July/August 2009