This 1904 book by David Ryazanov is not directly related to Bogdanov but, of course, provides important context for post-1903 ‘split’ at the Second Congress. As we are mostly familiar with Lenin’s side of the story – there are no translations of, say, Martov’s texts on the matter – this book represents an important perspective […]
I added a link to a small pamphlet from 1904 – Наши недоразумения – to the ‘Main Works’ page. This is Bogdanov’s early intervention in the post-Second Congress’ ‘nasty squabble’ (i.e. intense debates regarding what happened at the 1903 Congress that resulted in a split within formerly more or less unified Iskra group).
One of the earlier attempts at a complete bibliography of Bogdanov’s works, not as comprehensive (I think) as this one, is available in open access here. And can also be downloaded as a PDF. The bibliographic essay is short and in French (as are all the annotations) but the list is quite good and contains […]
A couple of these images are well-known but here are all the photos from that ‘session’ taken from the official Soviet photo book that documented and published all images of Lenin that were available (and a note on others that were present but not published due to quality issues or other reasons).
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 […]
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 […]
I have recently re-read this particular essay by Lars Lih and revisited the debate between Lars Lih and John Marot (among a few other things) – so I wanted to post a link to this text. Enjoy! In the essay presented below, I describe a consensus view shared among a variety of revolutionary Social Democrats […]