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[book cover] Romancing the Revolution

by Ian Bullock

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October 2011

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On Socialism and Democracy in Britain

Find out more about Ian Bullock and his work at the author's website On Socialism and Democracy in Britain.

 

 

About the Book

Over two decades have passed since the collapse of the USSR, yet the words "Soviet Union" still carry significant weight in the collective memory of millions. But how often do we consider the true meaning of the term "Soviet"? Drawing extensively on left-wing press archives, Romancing the Revolution traces the reactions of the British Left to the idealized concept of Soviet democracy.

Focusing on the turbulent period after the 1917 Russian Revolution, author Ian Bullock examines the impact of the myth of Soviet democracy: the belief that Russia was embarking on a brave experiment in a form of popular government more genuine and advanced than even the best forms of parliamentarism. Romancing the Revolution uncovers the imprint of this myth on left-wing organizations and their publications, ranging from those that presented themselves as "British Bolsheviks"—the British Socialist party and The Call, the Socialist Labour party's The Socialist, Sylvia Pankhurst's Workers' Dreadnought—to the much more equivocal Labour Leader and The New Statesmen.


About the Author

Ian Bullock's interests have long centred on the oftenambivalent relationship between socialism and democracy. Currently a visiting research fellow in the history department at the University of Sussex, he is the co-editor, with Richard Pankhurst, of Sylvia Pankhurst: From Artist to Anti-Fascist and the co-author, with Logie Barrow, of Democratic Ideas and the British Labour Movement, 1880-1914. In addition, Bullock worked for many years in British education, playing a leading role in creating and then managing one of the largest courses for preparing mature students for university study in the UK.

 

 

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DownloadTimeline: May 1916 to January 1925

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Download1. Well-Prepared Ground: The British Left on the Eve of the Russian Revolution

Download2. Initial Responses to the Russian Revolution: The British Left in 1917 and the Leeds "Soviet" Convention

Download3. The Bolsheviks and the British Left: The October Revolution and the Suppression of the Constituent Assembly

Download4. The Myth Established: The Positive View of Soviet Democracy

Download5. Polarized Social-Democrats: Denunciation and Debate

Download6. Equivocal Reformists: The Independent Labour Party, the Guild Socialists, and the Reaction to Kautsky

Download7. The Dictatorship of the Proletariat

Download8. The Independent Labour Party and the Third International: A Crucial Test for Belief in Soviet Democracy

Download9. "An Infantile Disorder": Communist Unity and the Brief Life of the Communist Party (British Section of the Third International)

Download10. British Bolsheviks? The Socialist Labour Party

Download11. Pankhurst's Dreadnought and the (Original) Fourth International: "Left Communism" and Soviet Democracy

Download12. The Early British Communist Party: Soviet Democracy Deferred and Redefined

Download13. Endings and Conclusions

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“Bullock’s source material is largely drawn from British socialist publications, and the gradual change from forgivable naivete to unforgivable apologetics for the dictatorial role of a Communist Party ruled by a ‘revolutionary’ clique is, to say the least, disheartening. Few on the hard left had the courage to condemn a successful revolution – the worship of sheer physical success in Bullock’s evidence is a valuable reminder that materialism as a doctrine has no place for any of the values we think of as humane.”

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