The Russian Revolution: How It Was Won
The Russian Revolution of 1917 was a historic period. The overthrow of tsarism and the erection for the first time of a society with workers on top and bosses on the botto gave inspiration to workers and the oppressed the world over. It sparked revolutionary upheavals from Europe to the Middle East to Asia. For the world’s national ruling classes, Russia’s “red specter” cast a dark shadow, striking fear into their hearts. The revolution’s victory over the forcces of reaction convinced millions that ordinary people could rise up and seize control of society in their own interests. Socialists the world over strove to emulate what Russia had done.
However, the revolution’s defeat at the hands of the Stalinist bureaucracy in the 1920s has been one of the largest blows to the international socialist movement. Stalin’s top-down control, murderous purges, and imperialist pursuits betrayed everything the revolution first stood for.
In the fight today for socialism, there is much to learn from these historic years. Join us for a two-part discussion on the Russian Revolution: How It Was Won and How It Was Lost.
80 Years since the Russian Revolution: http://www.isreview.org/
Russia’s Revolutionary Process: 1905-1917