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Russian revolution timeline – November 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 in 1918). The world’s first workers’ state had been set up on 25/26 ...

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Women of the revolution

Women of the revolution

Heather Rawling, from Socialism Today (October 2017 issue) Women workers launched the Russian revolution in February 1917. And increasing numbers would join the Bolshevik Party in the course of that revolutionary year. HEATHER RAWLING writes about how they forced their ...

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October 1917: When workers took power in Russia

October 1917: When workers took power in Russia

Hannah Sell, from The Socialist (weekly paper of the Socialist Party England & Wales) With monotonous predictability the centenary of the Russian revolution has led to an outpouring of bile – not aimed in the main at the ‘acceptable’ February ...

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Australia and the Russian Revolution

Australia and the Russian Revolution

David Elliott, Melbourne On Saturday, November 10th 1917, Australians opened their papers to news of the Russian Revolution. The Russian Provisional Government had fallen, and the democratic worker’s councils – ‘soviets’ – had been declared the legitimate power. For the ...

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The legacy of October

The legacy of October

To mark the centenary of the Russian revolution, Izquierda Revolucionaria (Revolutionary Left in the Spanish State) has translated into Spanish John Reed’s classic book, Ten Days that Shook the World. In this introduction to the book, Peter Taaffe explains the ...

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