Michael Jabara Carley
Professor of history at the Université de Montréal. He has published widely on Soviet relations with the West
The British and French, and the Romanians, and even the Czechoslovaks, and especially the Poles sabotaged, spurned or dodged Soviet offers, weakened agreements with Moscow and tried themselves to negotiate terms with Berlin to save their own skins.
How many of you have not seen some Hollywood film in which the Normandy landings are the great turning point of the war? “What if the landings had failed,” one often hears? “Oh…, nothing much,” is the appropriate reply. The war would have gone on longer, and the Red Army would have planted its flags on the Normandy beaches coming from the east.
The Tories are trying doggedly to maintain control of the narrative. Stakes are high for if it eventuates that the Tories have lied deliberately for political gain, at the risk of destabilising European, indeed world peace and security, the Tory government should be forced to resign and new elections, called.
Canada has come to this pass, where its government is supporting a violent, racist regime in Kiev directly descended from that very enemy against which Canada and its allies fought during World War II.
One can only imagine with pleasure how Trudeau père, if he were still with us, might berate his son for craven, fatuous behaviour.
On 25 October/7 November 1917, the Bolsheviks seized power in Petrograd from the so-called Provisional Government. It was a relatively easy thing to do for the Provisional Government enjoyed little or no popular support and basically represented the interests of the former tsarist urban and rural elites…
The abdication of the tsar was no fluke, and the common people were not passive, dull-minded or easily manipulated. Workers, soldiers and peasants had nevertheless to learn to distinguish between the various “socialist” parties who wanted to lead them.
…The Europeans can still peacefully restrain the United States if they will free themselves from its vassalage. But can they? Will they?
The Russian Revolution began during the winter of 1917 and was like a play in four acts. It built rapidly in intensity as winter gave way to spring and spring, to summer. No one person wrote the script of this play, no small revolutionary elite brought off the revolution in Russia. The first revolutionary generation, that of the Populists, began its work in the 1860s.
In August 1917, Russia was at war with the German-led Central Powers and at war with itself. A great revolution had been launched in February/March 1917 by workers and soldiers in the Russian capital of Petrograd…