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Russian revolution timeline – June 1917

Russian revolution timeline – June 1917

This is the fifth part of our series on the events of 1917. Dates are given in the old style Julian calendar used in Russia at the time. This was 13 days earlier than the Gregorian calendar (adopted in Russia ...

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Sergei Eisenstein’s ‘October’

Sergei Eisenstein’s ‘October’

Reviewed by Diana O’Dwyer ‘October’ by the famous Soviet director, Sergei Eisenstein, is a fascinating film. It is a socialist history that shows us the transformation of society, not simply by the leadership of a handful of individuals, but by ...

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Book Review: Caught in the Revolution

Book Review: Caught in the Revolution

Reviewed by Niall Mulholland (from Socialism Today, May 2017) Helen Rappaport’s Caught in the Revolution provides many telling eyewitness reports from the then capital of Russia, Petrograd (as St Petersburg was renamed at the start of the first world war) ...

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Ten Days that Shook the World by John Reed

Ten Days that Shook the World by John Reed

“With the greatest interest and with never slackening attention I read John Reed’s book, Ten Days that Shook the World. Unreservedly do I recommend it to the workers of the world. Here is a book which I should like to see published ...

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Russia April 1917: Lenin returns from exile

Russia April 1917: Lenin returns from exile

Hannah Sell WHEREAS THE Russian Revolution of February 1917, which overthrew the absolute monarchy of Tsarism, is seen as justified by most capitalist historians, the October 1917 revolution, which brought the working class to power, is written off as a ...

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April 1917: How the Bolsheviks re-orientated

April 1917: How the Bolsheviks re-orientated

Paula Mitchell, from The Socialist newspaper (England & Wales) On 3 April 1917, Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin returned to Russia from exile. Lenin’s arrival turned the Bolshevik party upside down and changed the course of history. Just weeks earlier, demanding an end ...

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