Series: The Russian Revolution

In 2007, Socialist Worker marked the 90th anniversary of the Russian Revolution of 1917 with a yearlong series outlining its course and consequences.
  • How the stage was set for revolution

    This first installment in a series on the Russian Revolution explains the events and factors leading up to the 1917 uprising.

  • The February Revolution

    The barbarism of war and the tyranny of Tsarist rule inspired the Russian working class to rebellion in February 1917.

  • Lenin prepares the Bolsheviks

    By late April 1917, the Bolsheviks stood out as the one major political party committed to workers' self-emancipation.

  • How workers' power was organized

    The workers' council system created in Russia in 1917 provided the platform for full democracy and liberation.

  • The revolt against the Tsar's empire

    How did the 1917 Russian Revolution affect the vast empire of oppressed nations that had been subjected to Tsarist rule?

  • The revolution gains strength

    After the February Revolution, two powers existed in Russia--the Provisional Government and the workers' councils.

  • Repression and resurgence

    The period of reaction that followed the July Days was relatively short-lived, with the movement bouncing in a matter of a month.

  • How Kornilov was defeated

    In August of 1917, the Russian Revolution faced the threat of a coup. Defeating it depended on a mass popular mobilization.

  • The party and the revolution

    The Bolsheviks became a mass party in the course of the revolution, winning the allegiance of Russia's most militant workers.

  • The final act of the revolution

    By October 1917, the unstable situation of dual power--the workers' councils versus the Provisional Government--came to a head.