Vpered Group in 1917 – The End

Vpered group registered as a literary group in 1910 and proceeded to publish three newspapers/journals during its existence from 1910 to 1917 when it officially announced its merger with mezhraiontsy [межрайонцы] in a newspaper called… Vpered. Yes, those who study various Social-Democratic periodicals know the problem – many newspapers or occasional journals have similar or […]

Book review that (sort of) ended Bogdanov’s participation in Vpered group (1911)

The full history of Vpered group is yet to be written. A ‘traditional’ (Leninist) account is based on Lenin’s interpretation of the split between his supporters and ‘left Bolsheviks’ in the summer of 1909. One can see this interpretation in the very phraseology of Bolsheviks versus Vperedists. Soviet historiography tended to see Lenin’s struggle against […]

The Stofflichkeit of the Universe

I’d like to recommend this essay – The Stofflichkeit of the Universe: Alexander Bogdanov and the Soviet Avant-Garde – from e-flux journal written by Maria Chehonadskih. It is an original discussion not only of the Soviet avant-grade but, most interestingly, also of Bogdanov’s empiriomonist ideas – these are made relevant to contemporary conversations and presented in […]