Tag: Russian Revolution
Amidst the backdrop of increased U.S.-Russian tensions and even talk of war, long forgotten is the time the U.S. actually invaded, explains Jeff Klein.
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 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.