The Road To Red October
This is the story of how the Russian Bolshevik party made a revolution that changed the course of history. As the capitalist system piles up catastrophe upon catastrophe, we present this new edition with the conviction that the world it describes has not disappeared, that the challenges our forebears faced 100 years ago are restated today, on a wider scale, and with even higher stakes. Faced with accelerating climate breakdown, many have been struck by the observation that “it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism”. We hope this book will remind people that the end of capitalism is not only imaginable but achievable.
In February 1917, women’s demonstrations sparked a revolution that overthrew Russia’s dictatorial ruler, Tsar Nicholas II. In October, the working class took power into their own hands in the world’s first socialist revolution. This act inspired revolutions across Europe, but one by one they were defeated.
Only Russia’s workers and peasants held out. The Red Guards defeated the White armies of the landlords and bosses – and those of 14 nations sent to strangle the young workers’ democracy in the its cradle.
This is the story of how ordinary people made a revolution that changed the course of history. We have updated and republished this book in 2017 because we are confident that the lessons of socialism’s past hold the key to its future.
The Road to Red October: The Bolsheviks and Working Class Power, Prinkipo 2017, 226 pp, £5.99 inc. P&P