Other materials from the revolutionary period of the Spartacists

In Defense of Democratic Centralism

In Defense of Democratic Centralism

A speech by James Robertson The speech below was given to a conference of the West German Spartacus (Bolschewiki-Leninisten) in February 1973. Spartacus/BL had derived from a December 1972 split in the Internationale Kommunisten...

Bibliography

Bibliography

Baron, Samuel H., Plekhanov, Father of Russian Marxism (Stanford, 1963) Cliff, Tony, Lenin, Volume 1: Building the Party (London, 1975) Dan, Theodore, The Origins of Bolshevism (New York, 1970) G., Barbara, Democratic Centralism (Chicago, 1972) Gankin, Olga Hess and Fisher, H.H., eds., The...

The Final Split with the Mensheviks

The Final Split with the Mensheviks

Following Stolypin’s coup of June 1907, the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party (RSDRP) was illegalized and its Duma representatives arrested. Party fractions could continue to exist in legal and semi-legal workers organizations (e.g., trade...

The 1905 Revolution

The 1905 Revolution

During 1904, Russian defeats in the war with Japan provoked a surge of liberal bourgeois opposition to the tsarist autocracy. This significant change in the Russian political scene deepened the differences between Menshevism and...