Oktyabr’skaya Revolyutsiya i Fabzavkomy [the October revolution and factory-committees] edited by Steve A. Smith, and Oktyabr’skaya Revolyutsia i Fabzavkomy, volume 3, second edition and Oktyabr’skaya Revolyutsiya i Fabzavkomy: Materialy po istorii fabrichno-zavodskikh komitetov, volume 4, edited by Yoshimasa Tsuji

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

The article re-examines the key debates concerning the relationship between the Russian factory-committee movement and the Bolshevik Party and Soviet state in 1917-18. It does so with reference to a four-volume collection of documents in Russian on the history of the factory-committees in 1917/18 which first began to be published in 1927 and completed publication in 2002. Rather than the traditional totalitarian view of a movement which was cynically manipulated and dominated by an authoritarian party, what emerges is a much more complex and dynamic relationship. The article in particular argues that the so-called bureaucratisation of the factory-committee movement after the October Revolution emerged out of the practical dilemmas faced by the committees in the economic chaos of 1917/18 and the factory-committee leaders' own desires to promote a rational, planned alternative to that chaos.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-207
Number of pages17
JournalHistorical Materialism
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Oktyabr’skaya Revolyutsiya i Fabzavkomy [the October revolution and factory-committees] edited by Steve A. Smith, and Oktyabr’skaya Revolyutsia i Fabzavkomy, volume 3, second edition and Oktyabr’skaya Revolyutsiya i Fabzavkomy: Materialy po istorii fabrichno-zavodskikh komitetov, volume 4, edited by Yoshimasa Tsuji'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this