Stalin As Revolutionary, 1879-1929: A Study in History and Personality (Vol. 1)

Stalin As Revolutionary, 1879-1929: A Study in History and Personality (Vol. 1)

Robert C. Tucker

Language: English

Pages: 544

ISBN: 0393007383

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

“Tucker has achieved a real break-through . . . his analysis throws a flood of light into previously obscure corners. . . . Tucker with his analysis of Stalin’s personality structure has opened up an enormously promising vein of research,” ―Robert M. Slusser, American Historical Review

“This towering figure of the twentieth century has hitherto lacked a successful and full-scale biography. The publication of this first volume of a projected trilogy by Robert Tucker marks the beginning of the end of this situation.” ―Robert H. McNeal, Russian Review

The Actuality of Communism (Pocket Communism)

The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers

The Frock-Coated Communist- The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels

A Political History of the Editions of Marx and Engels's "German Ideology Manuscripts"

Communism: A Very Short Introduction




















gendarme officer. Afterwards, when questioned about the latter's presence, Djugashvili allegedly said : "Ah . . . he's Q�lping us, in the gendarmerie." 90 Djugashvili came to maturity . in an extremely rough political milieu, and his lack of squeamishness in the choice of means is well attested. It is, furthermore, an established fact that the Okhrana made a practice of trying to pressure arrested revolutionaries, par­ ticularly younger ones, into becoming informers.91 There is no rea­ son to

out against Georgian critics of Lenin's "remarkable book" What Is to Be Done? 17 Secondly, Djugashvili could not fail to be deeply impressed by the militance of Lenin's teaching. Having found Marx's doctrine of class struggle strongly appealing, he could not help liking a version of Marxism which placed such heavy emphasis on class struggle as Lenin's did. Here was no calm professorial Marxist like Plekhanov, but a passionately angry man summoning popular Russia to war against official Russia in

insurrections that broke out from time to time in Russian history show that the peasant, even at his most rebellious, tended to preserve a loyalty to the tsar or to the idea of being ruled by a tsar. There were the uprisings under Ivan Bolot­ nikov and others during the Time of Troubles in I605-I3, the re­ bellion led by Stenka Razin in I667-7 I, and the one led by Emelian Pugachev during the reign of Catherine II a century later. Cher­ niavsky speaks of the "tsar-centeredness" of these

became his con­ spiratorial pseudonym when he first joined the Social Democratic organization in Tillis, before moving to Batum in 1 9 0 1 . 3 1 . The signature "Stalin" first appeared under a n article published in 1 9 1 3 in Sotsia l demokrat. But in his own mind he appears to have adopted the pseudonym earlier, for some of his articles of 1 9 1 0 were signed "K. S." and "K. St." See Stalin, II, 1 87, 1 96. D J UGASHVILI AS S TALIN 1 33 Revolution, when he began signing documents "People's

longer : "The peaceful period of the revolution has ended; the non­ peaceful period, the period of clashes and explosions, has come." 54 Stalin made a particularly notable statement during the dis­ cussion of the draft resolution accompanying this speech. The final part of the draft declared that when the moment of national crisis arrived, the task of the revolutionary classes would be to seize power and direct it, in alliance with the revolutionary proletariat of the advanced countries, toward

Download sample


Comments are closed.