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'Why the Russian Revolution Wasn't a Socialist Revolution'

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'Why the Russian Revolution Wasn't a Socialist Revolution'


A reprint of the Russian Marxist Julius Martov’s critical views on the nature of the Bolshevik coup of 1917 and of the politics of Leninism. It includes an introduction by the Socialist Party, on the occasion of the one hundredth anniversary of the Bolshevik coup in Russia.

Cover price £2. Copies from the Socialist Party, 52 Clapham High Street, London SW4 7UN for £3.50 including P & P. Cheques payable to ‘The Socialist Party of Great Britain’.

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Now available at the online store:

http://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/catalog/pamphlets/state-and-socialist...

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Can't the price in the basket be increased to £3.50. We have just received an order for Europe from someone who has paid £2. But, as the pamphlet weighs 200gm, this means that we won't even recover the cost of postage which, for this weight to overseas, is around £3.80 and this doesn't take into account the cost of the jiffy in which it will be packaged.

£2 is even cheaper than our ordinary, shorter pamphlet and this is more a book. Incidentally, talking about books I see that neither Strange Meeting (Socialism and World War One) nor A Socialist Life (by Heather Ball) can be ordered through our website. Both of these have less pages than the Martov pamphlet and sell for more.

In short, the Martov pamphlet seems to be ridiculously underpriced

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ALB wrote:

Can't the price in the basket be increased to £3.50. We have just received an order for Europe from someone who has paid £2. But, as the pamphlet weighs 200gm, this means that we won't even recover the cost of postage which, for this weight to overseas, is around £3.80 and this doesn't take into account the cost of the jiffy in which it will be packaged.

£2 is even cheaper than our ordinary, shorter pamphlet and this is more a book. Incidentally, talking about books I see that neither Strange Meeting (Socialism and World War One) nor A Socialist Life (by Heather Ball) can be ordered through our website. Both of these have less pages than the Martov pamphlet and sell for more.

In short, the Martov pamphlet seems to be ridiculously underpriced

Probably but there seems no hard and fast rule about including postage and packing in the prices charged in the online store.  For example Strange Meeting, which can be ordered through the website, is priced at £4.50, whereas the cover price is £3.00, while other pamphlets have nothing added to the cover price to include P & P.  It's something the EC will have to address.  In the meantime I'll see if the basket price for the Martov pamplet can be increased as you suggest.

Incidentally, A Socialist Life is currently out of stock - well, not quite - there are four copies at HO.

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This is virtually a French version of our pamphlet as it contains exactly the same articles by him (and nearly the same photo on the front) in which he shows how the Bolsheviks distorted Marx to try to justify the dictatorship over the proletariat that they were establishing. In addition, there is an extract from his autobiography (hence the title "How I became a Marxist") and some other, shorter articles, mainly on the aftermath of the 1905 Russian Revolution. Martov recounts how he became a Marxist, i.e someone who relied on the working class to overthrow Tsarism (as opposed to the Narodniks who relied on the peasantry) while a student at St. Petesburg University in 1892.

Interesting that someone else should see republishing Martov on the Russian Revolution as a fitting analysis of what went on in Russia in 1917 and after. We could almost buy a few copies to re-sell. In fact we should though it can easily be ordered online.

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