The Bolsheviks Come to Power: The Revolution of 1917 in Petrograd

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Documents the collapse of the Kerensky government, the abortive July uprising, General Kornilov's unsuccessful coup attempt, and the strategies and tactics of Lenin that led to the Bolsheviks' establishment of a Communist government

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Alex Rabinowitch, a world renowned authority on the history of the Russian Revolution, first came to Indiana University to teach in the 1968-1969 academic year. During a distinguished career that included the publication of The Bolsheviks Come to Power: The Revolution of 1917 in Petrograd and Prelude to Revolution: The Petrograd Bolsheviks and the July 1917 Uprising, Alex taught countless numbers of undergraduates and trained over twenty doctoral students in Soviet history. He also excelled in his service contributions to the university as Dean of International Programs from 1986-1993, as Director of the Russian and East European Institute from 1975-1984, and as Director of Graduate Studies in the department of history.Rabinowitch is also the coeditor of Russia in the Era of NEP: Explorations in Soviet Society and Culture, edited with Sheila Fitzpatrick and and Richard Stites.He is now an advisor to the Russian Archives project.

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'The best volume on the Russian Revolution in years ... What is so valuable about the book is that it undoes both rigid stereotypes: that the Leninism is inherently and always ‘correct’, pointing straight toward revolutionary triumph, and that of Leninism as always rigidly authoritarian, pointing straight toward dictatorship. A first-rate piece of work.' --Irving Howe  'Alexander Rabinowitch ... has written what is perhaps the fullest and most reliable account of the Bolshevik seizure of power currently available in English ... Based on a solid command of the sources, it is scholarly and well documented yet accessible to the general reader, with its clear and vigorous style and interesting illustrations ... Should be read by every person interested in the Russian Revolution.' --Paul Avrich, Russian Review  'The Bolsheviks Come To Power is one of the most important books on the Russian Revolution of 1917 to appear in many years. It is revisionist scholarship in the best and truest sense. Both political and social history, it greatly expands on our detailed knowledge of the turbulent events of that year, while deepening and revising our understanding of the Bolshevik Party and the social factors that brought it to power.' --Stephen F. Cohen

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