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Description - Socialism in Georgian Colors by Stephen F. Jones

Georgian social democracy was the most successful social democratic movement in the Russian Empire. Despite its small size, it produced many of the leading revolutionary figures of 1917, including Irakli Tsereteli, Karlo Chkheidze, and Joseph Stalin. In the first of two volumes, Stephen Jones writes the first history in English of this undeservedly neglected national movement, which represented one of the earliest examples of European social democracy at the turn of the 20th Century. Georgian social democracy was part of the Russian social democracy from which Bolshevism and Menshevism emerged. But innovative theoretical programs and tactics led Georgian social democracy down an independent path. The powerful Georgian organisation united all native classes behind it, and it set a remarkable precedent for many of the anti-colonial nationalist movements of the 20th Century. At the same time, Georgian social democracy was committed to a 'European' path, a 'third way' that attempted to combine grassroots democracy, private manufacturing, and private land ownership with socialist ideology. One of the few Western historians fluent in Georgian, Jones fills major gaps in the history of revolutionary and national movements of the Russian Empire.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674019027
ISBN-10: 0674019024
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 155mm x mm)
Pages: 410
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Stephen F. Jones

Stephen F. Jones is Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies, Mount Holyoke College.

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