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Staraia i novaia programmy “Rabochego dela” [Old and new programs of “The Worker’s Cause”]; Along the top of front wrapper: “Biblioteka Russkago Proletariia” No.6 [Library of the Russian Proletarian No.6].

Geneva: Izdanie G.A. Kuklina, 1903. Octavo (16.75 × 11 cm). Original printed staple-stitched self-wrappers; 23, [1] pp. Duplicate stamp of Hoover Institution to front wrapper. Wrappers lightly discolored; wrapper edges chipped, else about very good.

Documenting one of many splinterings within the Russian Social-Democratic Labor Party (RSDRP), this brochure records the new proposals of Rabochee Delo (The Worker’s Cause), a journal published by the Union of Russian Social Democrats in Geneva from 1899-1902. The journal supported “Economism,” a trend among some members of the the RSDRP which de-emphasized the workers' revolution, supported slower liberal reforms, and prioritized the economic improvements in the lives of the workers instead. The Russian Social-Democratic Labor Party (RSDRP) was founded in 1891 to unite the diverse movements struggling for workers’ liberation in Russia and abroad. The party eventually split into the Menshevik and Bolshevik factions (with Lenin on the side of the Bolsheviks), and was dissolved after the October Revolution. With the stamp of the “B. I. Nicolaevsky Collection” to front wrapper and title page. Boris Nicolaevsky (1887-1966) was a Russian revolutionary (Menshevik) who lived in exile starting in 1922. He amassed an important collection on the history of the revolutionary movement in Russia and sold the collection to the Hoover institution in 1963.

Book ID: P6722

Price: $150.00