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Spotlight On: The Russian Revolution

A selection of articles from the pages of History Review and History Today on the Russian Revolution of 1917.

Graham Darby argues that the Bolshevik success of 1917 was rooted in the failings of the Provisional Government and the aspiration of ordinary people.

How should we interpret the Bolshevik Revolution, in the light of later events? Michael Lynch explains the issues with which we have to grapple and gives tips on how to impress the examiners.

Peter Anderson compares the tactics and resources of the two sides.

Maxim Gorky was revered as the leading Russian artist and intellectual associated with the 1917 Revolution throughout the lifetime of the Soviet Union. But did he really approve of Lenin and the Soviet experiment? Orlando Figes reassesses the position of this pivotal figure.

Further Reading

Lenin In Power
Russell Tarr explains how the Bolsheviks established their grip on Russia after the 1917 Revolution, and at what cost.

Angel of Enlightenment or Frustrated Dictator?
In reviewing the career of one of the key figures in modern Russian history, Michael Lynch rejects the notion that Leon Trotsky would have been a more humane leader than Stalin.

Rewriting Russia's Revolution
Evan Mawdsley discusses how scholarship both inside and outside the Soviet Union, spurred on by the political somersaults in the East, is revising our view of Lenin, the events of 1917 and after.

More on: Russia

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