Alexandra Kollontai: A Biography

Author(s): PORTER, Cathy
ISBN13/Barcode: 9780850366402
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Alexandra Kollontai is one of the most famous women in Russian history. She was the only woman in Lenin’s government in 1917.

The daughter of a Russian general, she early became a young rebel and revolutionary and was forced to flee her homeland. She visited the United States in 1916 and, with Bukharin, edited Novy Mir [New World] in New York. She returned to Russia in 1917. In 1920 she became People’s Commissar for Social Welfare. She was a leader of the ‘Workers’ Opposition’ and opposed government control of trade unions. Thereafter she became a diplomat and ambassador.

Kollontai believed too that real change comes both through the state and through transformations of personal and work relationships. Her life, both personally and politically, was stormy. Her life-long preoccupation with women’s emancipation began with her painful decision to leave her husband and child. She worked tirelessly all her life, was a brilliant speaker, writer and organiser, and her ideas are as relevant today as they were in her own time.
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Alexandra Kollontai is one of the most famous women in Russian history. She was the only woman in Lenin’s government in 1917. The daughter of a Russian general, she early became a young rebel and revolutionary and was forced to flee her homeland. She visited the United States in 1916 and, with Bukharin, edited Novy Mir [New World] in New York. She returned to Russia in 1917. In 1920 she became People’s Commissar for Social Welfare. She was a leader of the ‘Workers’ Opposition’ and opposed government control of trade unions. Thereafter she became a diplomat and ambassador. Kollontai believed too that real change comes both through the state and through transformations of personal and work relationships. Her life, both personally and politically, was stormy. Her life-long preoccupation with women’s emancipation began with her painful decision to leave her husband and child. She worked tirelessly all her life, was a brilliant speaker, writer and organiser, and her ideas are as relevant today as they were in her own time. This compelling and readable biography records the life of a remarkable woman and the dramatic period in which she lived. A thoroughly revised edition. New sources – diplomatic diaries from the 20s and 30s – cast light on Soviet foreign relations with Norway, Mexico Sweden, (Nazi) Germany and other countries.

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ISBN13/Barcode 9780850366402
ISBN10 0850366402
Author PORTER, Cathy
Binding Paperback
Date Published 5 Jul 2013
Frequency No
Report Date N/A
Pages 511
Publisher Merlin Press

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