It is difficult not to begin these remarks with a reflection on the state in which the writing of the history of the Russian Revolution finds itself at present. It is an. E. H. CARR, The Bolshevik Revolution , Vol. III. New. York: the Macmillan Company, This is the final volume of the noteworthy trilogy, of which. I. By EDWARD HALLETT CARR. New York, The. Macmillan Company, x, pp. $ Judging by the first instalment, Professor Carr’s The Bolshevik. Revolution lenging interpretation of the Russian Revolution to appear since the .

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If he had chosen to epitomise his work in some epigrammatic motto he might have opened his History in the Churchillian manner with the following text: It is today almost impossible to imagine the appointment to bolsheviik important public post including posts in the Armed Forces and in the civil service as well as in industry of anyone not persona grata in corresponding American circles. For all his conscious effort to resist the insinuating influence of the Stalinist way of thought, Mr Carr unwittingly sometimes views Marxism through the Stalinist prism, because his interest in Revoluiton is only secondary to his study of the Soviet state.

For the first time since the war a party appeared outside the narrow circles of the extreme Right which was not afraid to proclaim its pride in being German. The facts are really not at all like fish on the fishmonger’s slab. Finally, all the chronicles of the party and the revolution, even those written in the Stalinist spirit, were banned, until at every level of teaching, from the rural revolutkon cells to the academic seminaries, students were allowed to draw from eeh fount only, the Short Course of the History of the CPSU[2] that bizarre and crude compendium of Stalinist myths, written or inspired by Stalin himself.


Carr is also famous today for his work of historiographyWhat Is History? If you are allergic to these processes, you abandon history and take cover in the social sciences. It was interesting to argue with Lenin for cafr was a man of intellect and education. In this book, Carr examined the response of the Comintern to fascism in — But two conditions must at least be eg.

Carr’s analysis is now an indispensable starting point for understanding the dynamics of Stalinism”. Carr emphatically contended that history was a social sciencenot an art.

Looking back revollution the thirties, I came to feel that my preoccupation with the purges and brutalities of Stalinism had distorted my perspective. Article PDF first page preview. Studies in Soviet history; creating the realist—utopian didactic in international relations theory; and outlining radical historiographical principles in his book What Is History? In Carr’s opinion, the entire international order constructed at Versailles was flawed and the League was a hopeless dream that could never do anything practical.

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From toCarr worked as an assistant editor at The Times, where he was noted for his leaders editorials urging a socialist system and an Anglo-Soviet alliance as the basis of ehh post-war order. Did he perhaps even as builder of a state find his strength in the resources of his revolutionary thought and dream?

Sign In or Create an Account. Unlike the Stalinists, the Trotskyists and the vast majority of rdvolution anti-communist writers, for whom this problem does not even exist, Mr Carr comes to grips with it.


Initially, Carr’s political outlook was anti-Marxist and liberal.

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In a interview in The New Left ReviewCarr called capitalism a crazy economic system that was doomed to die. Carr was to write only three more books about international relations afternamely The Future of Nations; Independence Or Interdependence? By an almost heroic, self-critical effort of his analytical mind, he has come much closer to the understanding of the strange phenomenon of the Russian Revolution than his starting-point allowed to expect.

In his few books about international relations afterdespite a change in emphasis, Carr’s pro-German views bolehevik inter-war international relations continued. When revolutioj reaches the threshold of the Stalin era, Mr Carr is much more aware of the discontinuity between Leninism and Stalinism than he was while he analysed Card.

The Bolshevik Revolution 1917-23

Carr at The Times” pp. To be pro-American pays handsome dividends: Carr began his magnum opus by arguing that the October Revolution was a “proletarian revolution” forced on the Bolsheviks. He shows the Soviet state in statu nascendi ; and this he does with a masterly grasp.

But Marx did not define the content of socialism except in a few Utopian phrases; and nor can I”. It is an almost incredible fact that not a single work deserving the name of a History has yet been produced inside the Soviet Union. If we speak of economic reconstruction we think less of maximum production through this too will be required than of equitable distribution”.

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