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Alexandra Kollontai - Annotated Bibliography

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De Palencia, Isabel. Alexandra Kollantay: Ambassadress from Russia. Longmans, Green and Co. Toronto, Canada. 1947. CORRECTLY FORMAT CITATIONS. ITALICIZE TITLES, ETC. This is a biography of the life of Alexandra Kollontai. This book is great in the fact that it goes into detail of Alexandra’s personal life. BE MORE SPECIFIC. We gain insight into how she began on such a vastly unusual career path. WHAT KIND OF INSIGHT? wHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? This biography also shows the emotional battles she had to over come in her campaigning. In addition to this, we get a first person account from the narrator on what it was like to meet and work with Ms. Kollontai. REMEMBER THAT THE ASSIGNMENT IS TO READ AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY NOT A BIOGRAPHY. IF YOU'VE ALREADY READ THIS, FINE-- BUT YOU'LL NEED TO APPROACH IT SOMEWHAT DIFFERENTLY, AND IT WOULD BE BEST IF YOU COULD FIND TWO OR THREE PRIMARY SOURCES TO SUPPORT YOUR ANALYSIS.

Farnsworth, Beatrice. Aleksandra Kollontai socialism feminism and the Bolshevik revolution. Stanford University Press. Stanford, CA. 1980. The political life of Alexandra Kollontai was one that lasted many years. This book highlights her political career and platforms. We gain insight into how large a role she played in establishing, enlightening, and strengthening the communist revolt in Russia. In this biography we are also introduced to Kollontai’s mentors and supporters in the Party, one of whom was Lenin, a leader of the Bolshevik revolution.

Kollontai, Alexandra. Sexual relations and the class struggle love and the new morality. The Falling Wall Press. 1972. This book is a compilation of two essays, written by Kollontai herself, GOOD-- THESE CAN BE YOUR PRIMARY SOURCES. USE THESE HEAVILY IN YOUR PAPER expressing a need for change and development in Russian society. Written at a time when women were developing strong roles outside of the home, Kollontai expresses her goals in gaining equalitiy among men and women. As a member of the Bolshevik party, she seeks to explain how not only does the drastic change already occurring call for a new methodology of addressing issues within the family but, it is at the benefit of the Party to call attention to these ‘private’ struggles and acknowledge the roll that women and the working class had played in the revolution for so long.

Sangster, John. "The Communist Party and the Woman Question, 1922-1929 ." Labour / Le Travail. Vol. 15. Canadian Committee on Labour History and Athabasca University Press (Spring 1985): 24-56. This article discusses the role that women played in the communist revolution. It outlines the struggles that “feminist” were faced with, from social structure and men, in trying to gain equality and rights. The article discusses not only women in the Soviet but, how their movements and revolution influenced women in the communist movements internationally, especially Canada. Highlighted, is the fact that while women in Soviet Russia had more freedoms and equalities, the role of women in communism called for a change in social thinking and structure. THIS IS A GOOD ENTRY-- STRIVE FOR THIS LEVEL OF SPECIFICITY IN ALL OF THEM.

Yassour, Avraham. “Lenin and Bogdanov: Protagonists in the ‘Bolshevik Center’”. Studies in soviet thought. Vol 22 No1. Springer. (Feb 1981): 1-32. This article references the communist revolt in Russia. WHAT DOES IT REFERENCE? One of the parties, the Bolsheviks, came to the forefront and pushed towards power. However, within this Party of the revolution opinions began to vary as to what actions should take place. The leaders of these debates, Lenin and Bogdanov, held very different platforms, Lenin being the ore revolutionary one pushing towards a take over of the current government. Because of the differences in ideals and the lack of compromise in theory by either leader or their supporters groups began to form within the party. The article details the stance of each group and shows the progression of the change into a new Bolshevik Russia. ]]

BE SURE TO HAVE CORRECT BIBLIOGRAPHIC FORM. IN ALL OF THESE, YOU TEND TOWARDS GENERALNESS AND SUMMARY. WORK TO EXPRESS VERY SPECIFICALLY WHAT EACH ENTRY IS ABOUT, AND ALSO WHY IT'S IMPORTANT. IDEALLY, YOU'LL START TO SKETCH OUT HOW THE READINGS ARE RELATED TO EACH OTHER AND HOW EACH GIVES A MORE COMPLETE PICTURE OF WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.

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