1917

The Revolution of Ordinary People: Russia, 1917.

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 07/30/2017 - 14:11
Moscow, February 1917

 

Lenin did not make the Revolution in 1917. Nor did Stalin. Nor Trotsky. They each provided crucial leadership, with Lenin’s role being essential from April 1917 onwards. But they were part of a tidal wave that had first risen in 1905, crested and then rose again during the Great War. This tidal wave was lifted by ordinary people – factory workers, landless peasants, housewives, soldiers, students and those who barely found the means to survive. It is they who made the Revolution happen in February – with the overthrow of the Tsar and Tsarism – and then again in October – with the push again

How the East Was Read, or Hooligan Communism.

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 07/17/2017 - 08:57
Back page of How the Revolution Triumphed (1930)

 

As I work on the LeftWord Books edition of How the East Was Read, on reading Soviet books and on being surrounded by Soviet letters, I encountered Alisa Poret's thirteen delightful pictures for the 1930 book - How the Revolution Triumphed (see the back page, above).

The book was intended for children who were born after the 1917 Revolution and who would not have felt the urgency of Red October. There is no author's name with the book, which you can read in full here. The main show are the images. The text was likely written by someone in the editorial department of the publishing house. Th