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The Unknown Revolution



Foreword by Rudolph Rocker

A famous history of the Russian revolution and its aftermath.

This edition reinstates material that has been omitted from recent editions of the English-language version and reproduces the complete text of the original French volumes.

Voline was a Russian anarchist who participated in the Russian and Ukrainian Revolutions before being forced into exile.

"...a fascinating and valuable book - a combination of history, eye-witness account, and partisan advocacy - about the Russian revolution of 1917-21."
- Stephen F. Cohen author of Bukharin and the Bolshevik Revolution

"In rich detail [Voline] documents the efforts of workers, peasants, and intellectuals to inaugurate a free society based on local initiative and autonomy... It should be read by every person interested in the anarchist movement and the Russian revolution."
- Paul Avrich author of The Russian Anarchists

"The uniqueness of his work consists not only in the events that the author has selected for analysis but also in the anarchist point of view...neither...would be found in Soviet or Western academic literature of the Revolution."
- Choice Magazine

Table of Contents

  • Voline by Rudolf Rocker
  • Introduction: Some Essential Preliminary Notes
  • Preface
  • Book I: Birth, Growth and Triumph of the Revolution (1825-1917)
    • Part I: The First Fruits (1825-1905)
      • Chapter 1: Russia at the beginning of the 19th century; Birth of the Revolution
      • Chapter 2: Repression, Violence and Failure; Development Continues (1825-1855)
      • Chapter 3: Reforms; Resumption of the Revolution; The Failure of Tsarism and the Failure of Revolution; Reaction (1855-1881)
      • Chapter 4: The End of the Century; Marxism; Rapid Revolution; Reaction (1881-1900)
      • Chapter 5: The 20th Century; Hasty Development; Revolutionary Advance; Results (1900-1905)
    • Part II: The Jolt (1905-1906)
      • Chapter 1: The Gaponist Epic; First General Strike
      • Chapter 2: The Birth of the "Soviets"
      • Chapter 3: The Disastrous War; Victory of a Revolutionary Strike
      • Chapter 4: Defeat of the Revolution; Evaluation of the Jolt
      • Chapter 5: The "Pause" (1905-1917)
  • Book II: Bolshevism and Anarchism 
    • Part I: Two Conceptions of the Revolution
      • Chapter 1: Two Opposing Conceptions of Social Revolution
      • Chapter 2: Causes and Consequences of the Bolshevik Conception
    • Part II: About the October Revolution
      • Chapter 1: Bolsheviks and Anarchists before October
      • Chapter 2: Anarchist Position on the October Revolution
      • Chapter 3: Other Disagreements
      • Chapter 4: Some Reflections
    • Part III: After October
      • Chapter 1: The Bolsheviks in Power; Differences Between the Bolsheviks and the Anarchists
      • Chapter 2: The Fatal Descent
      • Chapter 3: The Anarchist Organizations
      • Chapter 4: The Unknown Anarchist Press in the Russian Revolution
      • Chapter 5: Some Personal Experiences
    • Part IV: Repression
      • Chapter 1: The Preparations
      • Chapter 2: The Discharge
      • Chapter 3: Unrestrained Fury
      • Chapter 4: The Case of Leon Tchorny and Fanny Baron
      • Chapter 5: The Case of Lefevre, Vergeat and Lepetit
      • Chapter 6: A Personal Experience
      • Chapter 7: The Final Settlement
      • Chapter 8: The Extinguisher
      • Chapter 9: The Deception of Visiting Delegations
      • Chapter 10: Bolshevik "Justice"
    • Part V: The Bolshevik State
      • Chapter 1: Nature of the Bolshevik State
      • Chapter 2: Situation of the Workers
      • Chapter 3: Situation of the Peasants
      • Chapter 4: Situation of the Functionaries
      • Chapter 5: Political Structures
      • Chapter 6: General View
      • Chapter 7: Achievements
      • Chapter 8: Counter-Revolution
  • Book III: Struggles for the Real Social Revolution
    • Foreward
    • Part I: Kronstadt (1921)
      • Chapter 1: Geographical Notes
      • Chapter 2: Kronstadt Before the Revolution
      • Chapter 3:  Kronstadt as the Vanguard of the Revolution
      • Chapter 4:  Kronstadt Turns Against the Bolshevik Imposture
      • Chapter 5: Last Act: The End of Independence
    • Part II: Ukraine (1918-1921)
      • Chapter 1: Mass Movement in the Ukraine
      • Chapter 2: Formation of the Makhnovist Insurrectionary Army
      • Chapter 3: Denikin's Offensives and Final Defeat
      • Chapter 4: The Makhnovists in the Liberated Regions
      • Chapter 5: Wrangel's Offensive and Defeat
      • Chapter 6: Third and Last War of the Bolsheviks Against the  Makhnovists and Anarchists; Defeat of the Insurrectionary Army 
      • Chapter 7: The Fate of Makhno and Some of His Comrades; Epilogue
      • Chapter 8: Testament of the Makhnovshchina to the Workers of the World 
  • Index

1990; 717 pages, illustrated

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