Topic: Russian Revolution

  • 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.

  • For a general strike against autocracy

    One hundred years ago, Russian socialists called for an insurrectionary strike--on the day centuries of Tsarist rule finally ended.

  • Five days that ended an empire

    In the space of less than a week in 1917, workers in Russia overturned the old order and set the stage for a year of revolution.

  • A day to prepare for conquering the enemy

    A leaflet issued by Russian socialists 100 years ago to honor Working Women's Day anticipated the revolution that began that day.

  • When Russia had a YUGE revolution

    The anniversary of the Russian Revolution brings to mind the similarities between Tsar Nicholas II and a certain other dim tyrant.

  • Take all power into the hands of your soviets

    A historian of the Russian Revolution looks at how revolutionaries put their belief in workers' self-emancipation into practice.

  • For a provisional revolutionary government

    Weeks before the uprising against the Tsar, the Bolsheviks agitated for a one-day strike with the aim of advancing workers' power.

  • Only a provisional government can bring peace

    With the social crisis intensifying, Russian socialists from the Mensheviks called for a provisional government to replace the Tsar.

  • The day of the people's wrath is near

    In a foreshock of the revolution to come, Russian socialists called for a protest strike on the anniversary of a previous uprising.

  • To the revolutionary students of Russia

    As the first installment in a series to mark 100 years since Russia 1917, we publish a leaflet from Bolshevik-influenced students.

  • The making of the Russian Revolution

    SocialistWorker.org describes how Russia became the first and only country to achieve a socialist revolution in a special series excerpted here.

  • The Comintern and the united front

    In the early 1920s, the Communist International needed to develop tactics that worked in a non-revolutionary situation.

  • The legacy of 1917

    The conclusion to Socialist Worker's series on the 1917 Russian Revolution discusses the lessons for revolutionaries today.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The revolution gains strength

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

  • 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?

  • How workers' power was organized

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

  • Lenin prepares the Bolsheviks

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

  • The February Revolution

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

  • 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.