Despite the repressive measures of the Provisional Government, the Bolshevik Party experienced an explosive growth in August-September 1917. Serious historical scholarship has documented the emergence of mass support for the Bolsheviks’ demand for the transfer of power to the Soviets and the working class. The development of a nationwide network of rank-and-file factory committees provided a critical base for the growth of Bolshevik influence in the working class.
Tom Carter, a member of the SEP national committee, will be the lecturer. During the past year, Tom has served as the principal editor of the World Socialist Web Site’s on-going series, “This Week in the Russian Revolution.” He has translated from the original Russian many of the historical documents used in the preparation of the series.