This history, originally published in 1962, by the then lone remaining figure in the leadership of the Russian Social Democratic Party, is an important contribution to the understanding of the Soviet October Revolution of 1917. It covers in detail the period from the February revolution of 1917 until the outbreak of the Second World War, passing through the phases of the October Revolution, the Peace of Brest-Litovsk, the Civil War, the struggle for the leadership of the party and the triumph of Stalin.


chapter 0|6 pages


chapter 1|28 pages

The War and The February Revolution

chapter 4|26 pages

The October Revolution

chapter 5|32 pages

Point of No Return

chapter 6|36 pages

From Brest-Litovsk to Civil War

chapter 7|24 pages

The Civil War

chapter 8|18 pages

The Revolt Against War Communism

chapter 9|22 pages

Lenin and Marxism

chapter 10|31 pages

Lenin and the Weimar Republic

chapter 11|11 pages

The Comintern

chapter 12|22 pages

Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin

chapter 14|22 pages

The Birth of the General Line

chapter 15|28 pages

The Great Leap

chapter 16|17 pages

The Changing International Situation

chapter 17|46 pages

The Totalitarian Spiral

chapter 18|23 pages

The Road to the Second World War

chapter 19|7 pages

Epilogue: The War and After