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.