The Russian Revolution - 2017 Marxism Classes

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Bolshevik Soldiers and people leading the way

FOUR CLASSES ON THE OCTOBER REVOLUTION
Thursdays at 7pm on 16 March, 30 March, 13 April, 27 April

Thursday 16 March 7pm  Russian Revolution Education Class 1
Thursday 30 March 7pm Russian Revolution Education Class 2
Thursday 13 April 7pm Russian Revolution Education Class 3
Thursday 27 April 7pm Russian Revolution Education Class 4

Materials

1917 breaking the chains of the worldChronology

Powerpoint presentation here http://scottish-communists.org.uk/sites/default/files/2017-01/2017_Russian_Revolution_PP.pptx

Andrew Rothstein

History of the USSR 1950 Ch 1 and II Access here https://archive.org/details/AHistoryOfTheU.S.S.R.

Andrew Rothstein 1898-1994 was a founder member of both the CPGB in 1920 and of the CPB in1988. In 1919 he led a mutiny of British troops ordered to embark for Russia and in 1920 was in charge of press work for the young Soviet Republic in London

‘Andrew Rothstein and the Russian Revolution’
An assessment of the Rothstein’s history in light of Subsequent research. Access here http://scottish-communists.org.uk/sites/default/files/2017-01/2017_Rothstein_Russian_Revolution.docx

John Reid 

Ten Days that Shook the World (1919) Access here https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Ten_Days_That_Shook_the_World

LeninSoviet young woman worker
State and Revolution (September 1917) access here https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1917/staterev/

To Workers, Peasants and Soldiers (12 October 1917) https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1917/oct/12.htm

Marxism and Insurrection 13 October 1917 https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1917/sep/13.htm

How to Organise Competition 24 December 1917 https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1917/dec/25.htm

Immediate Tasks of the Soviet Government March 1918 https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1918/mar/x03.htm

 

CLASS 1 WHY THE REVOLUTION ?

Q1 Why was Russia the ‘weakest link in the chain of imperialism’ ? (read AR and the RR)

Q2 What myths most need rebutting about the October Revolution ?

Group discussion listing ‘myths’ and allocating responsibilities for leading discussion at following classes

 

CLASS 2 HOW THE REVOLUTION ?

Those allocated tackle

* A coup against a democratic government ?

* A bloody revolution without popular support ?

 

CLASS 3 A NEW STATE OF WORKING PEOPLE OR A BOLSHEVIK DICTATORSHIP ?

Those allocated tackle

* Were the new state institutions dictatorial ? What was their role ?

* Why was the Constituent Assembly dissolved ?

 

CLASS 4 CIVIL WAR: COMMUNISTS KILL TWO MILLION !

Those allocated tackle

* Who was responsible for the Civil War 1918-1920 ?

* Why and how did the Soviet Republic survive ?

Scottish Committee CPB Marxist Education 2017