The rise of the Bolsheviks is an epic Russian story that now has a definitive end. The major historian of the subject, Adam Ulam, has enlarged his classic work. Adam B. Ulam, The Bolsheviks: The Intellectual and Political History of the Triumph of Communism in Russia. New York: Macmillan; London. Adam Ulam was a Jewish-American academic at Harvard University, one of the Books: Bolsheviks: The Intellectual and Political History of the Triumph of.

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That, of course, wasn’t his birth name. His birth name was Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov. Rarely has one person made such a difference in world history. In this work, Adam B.

The Bolsheviks

Ulam explains why Lenin’s influence is still felt:. The French Revolution threw up quite a number of young, brilliant, and ambitious military commanders. Even without Napoleon France might have made its bid for the domination of Europe, incidentally spreading the ideas of the Revolution all over the continent.


It is harder, but not inconceivable, to think that someone other than Hitler could have led to fascism a boslheviks lacerated by the military defeat in World War I and ravaged by the Great Depression. But count the occasions when it was Lenin and Lenin alone who propelled his followers – and history – toward what would become adak. He was the founder of Bolshevism in In subsequent years it was his leadership that kept what was formally but a faction of the Russian Social Democratic Party from losing its identity within the general movement.

The Bolsheviks — Adam B. Ulam | Harvard University Press

ulaam Arriving in Russia in Aprilafter the overthrow of tsarism, he was the only politician of stature, even among the Bolsheviks, to urge further revolutionary action and no truck with the Provisional Government. Within weeks the Bolsheviks submitted to his leadership. Ulam, at page vii.

Who were the Bolsheviks?

Was their use of terror, in the early days of the Russian Revolution, a forerunner of the use of fhe during the Stalinist era? Would Lenin have accepted the extensive use of terror during Stalin’s regime?


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Would he have rejected it? Would he have endorsed Stalin’s use of forced-labor on such ula, massive scale? Ulam, long an analyzer of Russia’s political history, tackles these questions and more.

Thanks to the publisher, and Google Books, segments of this work are available for online reading. Image online, courtesy Amazon. Student Login Member Login. Ulam explains why Lenin’s influence is still felt: Oct 07, Updated Last Revision: Media Credits Image online, courtesy Amazon.

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