Notes of a Red Guard

Author: Eduard M. Dune. Translated and Edited by Diane P. Koenker and S. A. Smith
Translated and Edited by Diane P. Koenker and S. A. Smith
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Publication Date
Paperback: 01/01/1993
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About the Book

This compelling never-before-published account takes the reader into Red Guard and Red Army units, Moscow factories, workers' homes, and to the unfamiliar world of feudal Dagestan. Worker-revolutionary Eduard Dune was seventeen when the Russian revolution began. He joined the Bolshevik party and fought with the Moscow Red Guard during the October revolution. Notes of a Red Guard is his candid account of what happened through 1921. This uncensored account offers a rare glimpse of revolutionary Russia from the perspective of an educated, skilled worker who became a rank-and-file participant.

About the Author

Diane P. Koenker, a professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the author of Moscow Workers and the 1917 Revolution. S. A. Smith, a professor at Essex University , England, is the author of Red Petrograd: Revolution in the Factories, 1917-1918.


"In measured and still haunting tones, Dune captures the idealism, the sense of moral fervor, and the actual political attractions of the Bolshevik movement for young male workers in 1917. . . . Dune's moving memoir is no simple apology for the Bolsheviks, however. He emphasizes the creeping authoritarianism, the terror, the sense of a revolution that had lost its moral bearings during the first years of soviet power."--Daniel T. Orlovsky, author of The Limits of Reform

"This highly readable translation offers numerous insights, the most important of which concern the beliefs and outlooks he reflects as a young man swept up into the revolutionary events of the time."--Donald J. Raleigh, author of Revolution on the Volga: 1917 in Saratov