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GOLDMAN, Emma.

Die Ursachen des Niederganges der russischen Revolution.

Mit einem Vorwort von Rudolf Rocker.

Berlin: Der Syndikalist, 1922 Stock Code: 141115
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First edition thus of a compilation of four key articles on Russia, children's welfare, and the lives of two of Goldman's fellow revolutionaries, published immediately after her exile in Russia by the Berlin-based Der Syndikalist, one of the most important publishers of anarchic and syndicalist material at the time; a nice copy in the original wrappers.

The four articles printed within are "The Crushing of the Russian Revolution", Goldman's first and most comprehensive analysis of her experiences in Russia from 1919 to 1921; "The Situation of Children in Russia", which provides valuable insight into the treatment of children; "Reminiscences of Kropotkin", written in memory of her fellow anarchist, who had died the previous year and for whose funeral she had written the eulogy; and "The Fate of Spiridonova", an account of the famous Russian revolutionary Maria Spiridonova, with whom Goldman had spent some time in hiding. The foreword is by Goldman's close friend Rudolf Rocker.

Goldman and Alexander Berkman left the USSR in 1921 for Berlin, which was the centre of the anti-Bolshevik camp of Russian anarchists at the time. During this period Goldman wrote a series of articles about her time in Russia for the New York World, which were later published in book form as My Disillusionment in Russia (1923) and My Further Disillusionment in Russia (1924). These articles also circulated separately and in a number of translations; "Ursachen des Niederganges der russischen Revolution", for example, appeared in the World in early 1922 and in English later the same year by the Freedom Press in London, with a preface by William C. Owen. The present compilation of four articles was published by Der Syndikalist, the organ of the Free Works Union of Germany (FAUD). Managed by Fritz Kater, it published the works of, among others, Kropotkin, Bakunin, and Berkman. This edition was reprinted in Berlin by Karin Kramer in 1987.

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Description

Duodecimo. Original orange printed wrappers.

Condition

Pencilled ownership signature to title page and a few marginal markers, ink inscription at end of text. A little creased, tear to foot of spine, contents evenly toned, small perforation to upper margin of last leaf. A good copy of a fragile publication.

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