I have been reading about Bogdanov’s Red Star recently and wanted to put together a quick informational post on its editions and translations. The original novel (or a novella as it’s fairly short) appeared in 1908 in Saint-Petersburg, I’ve seen some writers describe it as ‘self-published’ – I’m not sure what that means in 1908 […]
The politics of Alexander Bogdanov in 1917 This paper was first delivered to the conference Economics and Revolution: Economists on the Russian Revolutions of 1917 held on 30 November 2017 in the School of Public Policy, Presidential Academy of the National Economy and Public Administration in Moscow. It will be published in Russian in A.A. […]
Soboleva, M. Ontologism in the Theoretical Philosophy of Nikolai Bukharin. Stud East Eur Thought (2020). LINK https://doi.org/10.1007/s11212-020-09365-3 Abstract This paper focuses on the theoretical philosophy of Bukharin as developed in his book Filosofskie arabeski (Philosophical Arabesques). I analyze three concepts—perception, being, and dialectics—and show that and how they deviate from the meaning that they commonly have among other Russian […]
A new article (part of Biggart’s larger on-going study of Bolshevik finances) appeared last year and could be of interest to those who study the same period: СПОРНОЕ ДЕЛО О НАСЛЕДСТВЕ НИКОЛАЯ ПАВЛОВИЧА ШМИТА Экономическая политика. 2019. Т. 14. № 6. С. 136–171 Аннотация Статья является частью исследования, посвященного финансам большевистской фракции РСДРП в период […]
A new (short) essay on Bogdanov’s ‘physiological collectivism’ in Russian – link (and PDF). Here is the abstract in English:
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 […]