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Rethinking the Russian Revolution

Rethinking the Russian Revolution

Step into a respectable American bookstore today, and you’re likely to find a reflection of America’s version of the twentieth century. German and Russian history currently dominate history sections,
The Radical Hopes of the Russian Revolution

The Radical Hopes of the Russian Revolution

Step into a respectable American bookstore today, and you’re likely to find a reflection of America’s version of the twentieth century. German and Russian history currently dominate history sections,
Those who lived through the Russian Revolution understood history – unlike us | Paul Mason

Those who lived through the Russian Revolution understood history – unlike us | Paul Mason

As the events of 1917 unfolded, many working-class people would have been able to understand the parallels with the French Revolution. A century later, our ignorance may be our downfallThings were
Russian Revolution wasn’t slow to degenerate | Letters

Russian Revolution wasn’t slow to degenerate | Letters

The early years of the revolution saw suppression, slave labour and executions, says John MedhurstThough lauding the historical literacy of Russian workers in 1917, Paul Mason didn’t demonstrate much
Russian Revolution's 'rock'n'roll star' Trotsky gets centenary TV series

Russian Revolution's 'rock'n'roll star' Trotsky gets centenary TV series

High-budget drama of once taboo leader to be shown on state TV, but Bolshevik uprising still a delicate subject in RussiaLeon Trotsky, in a floor-length black leather jacket, paces back and forth in a
Putin’s Russia can’t celebrate its revolutionary past. It has to smother it | Catherine Merridale

Putin’s Russia can’t celebrate its revolutionary past. It has to smother it | Catherine Merridale

The Russian Revolution was a fight against the excesses of the rich. No wonder Vladimir Putin wants to ignore the centenaryNovember always brings a welcome holiday for Russians. The day off work is
Revolution, what revolution? Russians show little interest in 1917 centenary

Revolution, what revolution? Russians show little interest in 1917 centenary

Results of revolution led by Lenin are criticised as ‘ambiguous’ by Putin in what is seen as an effort to downplay revolution as political tool“Lenin lived! Lenin lives! Lenin will live on!”An excited
The Soviet 70s: how Russians made pools of light in the totalitarian darkness | Angus Roxburgh

The Soviet 70s: how Russians made pools of light in the totalitarian darkness | Angus Roxburgh

On the centenary of the revolution, my memories are of people defying the regime around the kicthen table, with a togetherness missing in western livesAs the world commemorates the centenary of the
Bolsheviks seize power in Petrograd - archive, 8 November 1917

Bolsheviks seize power in Petrograd - archive, 8 November 1917

8 November 1917 The Maximalists have occupied the Central Telegraph Office, State Bank and Marie Palace Maximalist rising in Petrograd - Parliament building seized Petrograd, Wednesday Noon An armed
Forged by revolution: a day in the life of Russia - in pictures

Forged by revolution: a day in the life of Russia - in pictures

On 7 November 1917, the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia. Exactly 100 years on, the Moscow Times asked its readers to take a photograph of their day – to create a snapshot of the country a century
Pussy Riot and others are showing protest art in London because they can’t in Russia

Pussy Riot and others are showing protest art in London because they can’t in Russia

In Russia, political protest and art are often inextricable. Members of the punk rock band Pussy Riot were arrested for their criticism of Putin while…
Russian Orthodox Patriarch announces church-government inquiry to prove that the Tsar was killed in 1917 as part of a Jewish ritual

Russian Orthodox Patriarch announces church-government inquiry to prove that the Tsar was killed in 1917 as part of a Jewish ritual

Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church says he's working with Vladimir Putin to convene a Church-based inquiry into whether the execution of the royal family by revolutionaries in 1917 was

“No Questions”: The Russian Revolution, My Father, and Me

David Sipress writes about his father’s silence on his family and past, an old family photograph he cherishes, and his fascination with Russia and its history.

Russia’s archives still open for business

Donald Filtzer says Antony Beevor was wrong to assert that most Russian archives were closed to foreign historians in 2000, while Zofia Nowinska puts Finland’s wartime alliance with Germany in
New DNA tests show remains are Romanovs

New DNA tests show remains are Romanovs

DNA tests on remains thought to be of Russia's last royals prove their authenticity, reports Deutsche Welle. Killed by Bolsheviks after the October revolution, probably at Lenin's command, they were
Socialism in No Country

Socialism in No Country

In her illuminating essay “The Revolutionary Tradition and its Lost Treasure”—itself a lost treasure, as so few people who consider themselves within the Western revolutionary tradition ever read or