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The Russian Revolution

Mar 7, 2017

“Peace, Land, and Bread”: The Centennial of the Russian Revolution

One hundred years ago the world was in turmoil, roiled by the horrors of the First World War and its concomitant political upheavals, uncertainty, and deprivations. In Russia, the people’s sufferings and frustrations erupted in two distinct uprisings—the February and October revolutions—that ended the centuries-long reign of the tsars and brought to power the Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin. Although the Russian Revolution proved to be a watershed in the twentieth century, most people know only the most basic facts about it. But fortunately the Foundation boasts among its Fellows some of the most eminent historians of the Russian revolutionary era, many of whom have generously agreed to share their unique perspectives on all aspects of that upheaval, the ramifications of which are felt to this day.

Throughout this centennial year we will be posting their illuminating and intriguing articles, often to mark the anniversary of a particular event, so please check back often for the latest installments.

James Cracraft, Russian History, 1999: On the Centennial of the Russian Revolution

Adeeb Khalid, Russian History, 2005: The Russian Revolution and Anticolonialism

Louise McReynolds, Russian History, 2010: Forgotten Figures Who Sparked Regime Change in Russia

Kevin M.F. Platt, Russian History, 2011: Commemorating the Russian Revolution from Gorbachev to Putin

Alexander Rabinowitch, Russian History, 1981: Centennial Perspectives: The July 1917 Phase of the Great Russian Revolution

Yuri Slezkine, Russian History, 2001: The Bolsheviks’ Failure

Mark D. Steinberg, Russian History, 2007: A “Springtime of Freedom”: The Russian Revolution as “Improbable Miracle”

Ronald G. Suny, Russian History, 1983: Revolution and Democracy

Elise Kimerling Wirtschafter, Russian History, 1998: Choose Freedom

Image: Courtesy of Sotheby’s.