By Alan Woods
Bolshevism: the line to Revolution : a heritage of the Bolshevik occasion from the Early Beginnings to the October Revolution
THIS is an in depth background of the Bolshevik celebration from its earliest beginnings as much as the October Revolution, written by means of a number one member of the Socialist charm workforce. will probably be a great addition to any Marxist’s bookshelf simply because, as Alan Woods himself issues out: ‘With a couple of honourable exceptions, similar to the paintings performed by means of the French Marxist historians Pierre Broué and Marcel Liebman, it's most unlikely to discover a background of the Bolshevik social gathering well worth the difficulty of reading.’
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Its alleged cultural waywardness (the ‘jazz and swing mania,’ radio advertisements, Hollywood ‘inanities,’ ‘cheese-cake and leg-art’); its alleged moral hypocrisy (the negro question, sharecroppers, okies); etc. etc. . S. formula of ‘Shed light and the people will find their own way’ exaggerates the possibilities in Germany (and in europe) for an easy conversion. . It would be foolish to expect to wean a primitive savage away from his conviction in mysterious jungle-herbs simply by the dissemination of modern scientific medical information.
24 Some clichés were harder to dispel. ” Fortunately for the organizers, 18 THe CuLTurAL CoLd WAr the talk was followed “by songs performed by a colored quintet. The negroes continued to sing long after official closing time and . . ” 25 The problem of race relations in America was much exploited by Soviet propaganda and left many europeans uneasy about America’s ability to practice the democracy she now claimed to be offering the world. It was therefore reasoned that the exporting of African Americans to perform in europe would dispel such damaging perceptions.
19 of course, there were good reasons for opposing the Soviets, who were moving in swiftly behind the cold weather front. Communists came to power in Poland in January. In Italy and France there were rumors of Communist coups d’état. Soviet strategists had been quick to grasp the potential of the widespread instability of postwar europe. With an energy and resourcefulness which showed that Stalin’s regime, for all its monolithic intractability, could avail itself of an imaginative vigor unmatched by Western governments, the Soviet union deployed a battery of unconventional weapons to nudge itself into the european consciousness, and soften up opinion in its favor.
Bolshevism - The Road to Revolution: A History of the Bolshevik Party by Alan Woods