"Stormy Petrels": The Socialist Revolutionaries in Russia's Labor Organizations, 1905-1914

Michael Melancon


Lenin's harsh evaluation was not unique. Social Democrats often
denigrated SR activities among the proletariat, whom the SDs, as Marxists, claimed as their exclusive constituency. In 1902 Iskra described the worker-oriented Petersburg SR Committee as "half-mythical" and Martov wrote that the SRs were neither socialist nor revolutionary; he and other SD contributors to the multi-volume Obshchestvennoe dvizhenie v Rossii v nachale XX-go veka, which appeared between 1909 and 1914, expressed their view of SR efforts among workers by maintaining virtual silence on the subject? After the revolution, SD labor activists such as S. A. Lozovskii and P. A. Garvi portrayed the trade union and cooperative movements as almost exclusively SD in orientation.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/cbp.1988.74


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