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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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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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February revolution 1917: What lessons for today?

February revolution 1917: What lessons for today?

In the Socialist (paper of the Socialist Party) in 2007, Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales) general secretary Peter Taaffe analysed the lessons of February for the working class today and how the leadership of the Bolshevik party, particularly ...

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