Alexander Shlyapnikov

On the Eve of 1917


Originally published in Russian in 1923.
Translated from the Russian by Richard Chappell.
First published in English by Allison & Busby, London & New York in 1982.
Transcribed by Barbara Allen & Einde O’Callaghan.
Marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for the Marxists’ Internet Archive.

by Richard Chappell

1. Russia
At a Banquet in Honour of Vandervelde
July Days
Attitudes to the War
Revolutionary Social Democracy Against the War
The Social Democratic Duma Faction and the War

2. Scandinavia and England
Our Revolutionary Work and Diplomacy by the Conciliators
At the Swedish Social Democrats’ Congress
The Copenhagen Conference
Social Chauvinists as Servants of the Bourgeoisie
To England
Among the Russians in London
In Scandinavia
An Illegal Journey

3. Petersburg
War Industry Socialists
A Repeat Election Campaign
A Secret Meeting of Industrialists
The Ninth of January
The Situation of the Workers and Party Work
Organizational Plan
Gathering the Party’s Forces
Insurance Work and the Chernomazov Business
Chernomazov and Co.’s Provocative Activity

4. Scandinavia and America
Among the Party Exiles
A Trip to America
Return from America
The Return to Russia

5. Back to Petersburg
The Central Committee Bureau and Party Work
The Social Movement and Social Democracy

6. The Beginning of the End
The Central Committee Bureau’s Links with the Provinces
Relations with Other Parties
The Bourgeoisie’s Struggle for Power
Support for the Fourth Duma
From the Activity of the Russian Social-Democratic Party (Bolsheviks)
The Sailors’ Military Organization
The Government and the War Industries Socialists
The Activity of the Bureau of the Central Committee of the RSDLP(B)
The Food Crisis
The Food Question in the State Duma
Organizing Working-Class Action
The Underground and the International and Tsarist Okhrana
Before 9 January 1917

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