Topic: International struggles

  • Not a riot but a revolution

    Eyewitnesses to the Russian Revolution vividly a unique historical event--when working people took power in Russia.

  • The taking of the Winter Palace

    The old order's last holdouts surrendered at the Tsar's palace in Petrograd--which was protected as the property of all the people.

  • Making a new date in history

    An American journalist who witnessed the Russian Revolution describes the day when a workers' government was finally achieved.

  • Why we remember 1917

    One hundred years ago, the final act of the Russian Revolution shook the world--by setting an example of mass democracy that still inspires today.

  • Zionism, anti-Semitism and Lord Balfour

    One hundred years ago, Britain's Lord Balfour pledged support for Palestine as a "national home for the Jewish people."

  • The hammer blows heard around the world

    Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses, nailed to a church door 500 years ago, launched a challenge to Catholicism's dominance.

  • The mighty cry of "All power to the Soviets"

    A witness to the revolution tells how failing confidence in the Provisional Government was replaced by hope in workers' councils.

  • Books for Bolsheviks

    The editor of a new collection of eyewitness accounts of the Russian Revolution gives you a reading list for learning about 1917.

  • Was Stalinism inevitable?

    Providing a serious explanation of why the Russian Revolution was lost remains an essential task for revolutionary Marxists.

  • Comrades of the sea

    A journalist in revolutionary Russia in 1917 describes his encounters sailors who were part of the struggle to make the world anew.

  • Raising the red lantern

    In his history of the Russian Revolution, October, China Miéville brings together Marxist history and inspired literary writing.

  • The soldiers in revolt

    A witness to the Russian Revolution learns about the grim toll of the First World War and the spreading revolt in the Tsar's armies.

  • On the left sat the Bolsheviks

    An eyewitness to the Russian Revolution describes how the Petrograd of the workers developed a different attitude to Bolshevism.

  • Seeing all the faces of the Russian Revolution

    A new book about the Russian Revolution distinguishes itself by capturing the complexity of social groups in motion.

  • The Bolsheviks retreat in order to advance

    The Bolsheviks' response to repression after the July Days uprising was to avoid provocations and prepare for future struggle.

  • Responses to the July Days uprising

    Two appeals from 100 years ago show the deepening conflict among Russian socialists as a new struggle for power took place.

  • Was George Washington a French agent?

    A historian of the Russian Revolution looks at recently recycled allegations that Lenin was a German agent--and considers how the charge would fit in 1776.

  • A Bolshevik appeal finds an echo in the streets

    Two proclamations issued in Petrograd show how the radicalization of workers and soldiers led more people to the Bolsheviks.

  • How they saw Lenin

    The author of Lenin and the Revolutionary Party surveys the many evaluations of the best-known leader of the 1917 Revolution.

  • Calling for peace...and renewed offensives

    Two appeals by right-wing Russian socialists in May 1917 show how they couched support for war in the language of peace.

  • A life of power and privilege

    David Rockefeller's life shows how the rich shape everything from who gets elected to office to what art is allowed to be produced.

  • Hope in the revolution

    A historian considers what four American eyewitnesses to the Russian Revolution have to say to us about the event today.

  • Joining together to achieve peace

    An appeal issued 100 years ago by the moderate socialists leading the Petrograd Soviet calls for unity in the cause of peace.

  • The only guarantee of Polish independence

    One hundred years ago, Polish socialists in Petrograd pointed to the Russian Revolution as the hope for liberation from empire.

  • Soldiers, take power into your own hands!

    This appeal from Russian socialists shortly after the February Revolution called on soldiers to side with the workers' councils.