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‘The driving forces of the russian revolution and its prospects’ (November 1906)

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In late 1906, Plekhanov addressed three questions to a number of foreign socialists: 1) whether the 'general character' of the Russian revolution is bourgeois or socialist; 2) the attitude of Social Democrats towards the bourgeois democrats; and 3) if the Social-Democratic Party should support the opposition parties in the Duma elections. The responses have been summarised in this chapter. Karl Kautsky's response to Plekhanov appeared in four separate Russian editions, one of them with a preface by Lenin and another with a preface by Trotsky, both of which are included here together with Kautsky's article. In a review published in the Bolshevik journal Proletarii, Lenin described Kautsky's essay as 'a brilliant vindication of the fundamental principles of Bolshevik tactics. This edition of Kautsky's reply to Plekhanov's questionnaire includes, for the first time in English, a translation of Trotsky's passages from his 1907 book In Defence of the Party.

Keywords: Bolshevik; bourgeois; Duma election; Karl Kautsky; Lenin; Plekhanov; Russian Revolution; Social Democracy; Trotsky's In Defence of the Party



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