Mike Haynes


Was there a parliamentary alternative in Russia in 1917?


International Socialism 76, Autumn 1997
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Russia’s revolution has remained controversial ever since it took place. One central charge made time and time again by right-wing and liberal critics of the revolution is that the peaceful emergence of a parliamentary regime was frustrated by ty teh Bolshevik revolution of October 1917. Mike Hayne’s rebuttal of this argument is unusual taking the options of Russia’s rulers as its starting point. He emphasises the political choices made by the parties of the right and by the socialist supporters of the government. He concludes by demonstrating how these strategies failed to address the most fundamental concerns of the Russian masses and so propelled them towards adopting a revolutionary solution to the crisis.



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