Published by Allison & Busby in 1982. 237 pages. Paperback.
This book is the memor of Alexander Shlyapnikov, and covers the period immeadiately prior to the Russian Revolution. Shliapnikov (1885-1937) was a Russian communist, trade union leader and skilled metalworker. He started work in a factory at the age of 13, and by 16 was a revolutionary, joining the Bolsheviks in 1903. After being involved in the 1905 revolution, he went into exile, and spent over 10 years in Western Europe, before returning to Russia in 1916.
In 1917 he was one of the most senior Bolsheviks in Petrograd at the time of the February Revolution, and following the October revolution and the Bolshevik seizure of power, he was appointed Commissar of Labour. Lenin called for a Bolshevik dictatorship, which was opposed by some Bolsheviks, including Shliapnikov, who supported a coalition government composed of left socialist parties.
During the Civil War he served on a military council in Southern Russia, and during this time became increasingly critical of the authoritarian measures of the Communist Party. This led him to become active in various opposition movements and factions within the Russian Communist Party. In 1933 he was expelled from the party, and was executed during the 1937 purges.
Condition is generally good. The cover has some minor scuffs, and some light nibbling along the edges and corners, and some fading along the outside spine and rear side cover, but the spine itself is intact, and all pages are intact, unblemished and tighty bound. Has a small initial in pen on the inside front cover