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Archive of Year One of the Russian Revolution

  • The Russian Revolution at 100

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    In commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Haymarket Books has compiled a list of essential books for those interested in learning the lessons of the first successful workers' revolution.

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  • The Death Agony of the Monarchy: Russia on the Eve of Revolution

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    Tsar Nicholas II of Russia abdicated a hundred years ago today, bringing to an end three centuries of Romanov rule. In this extract from his History of the Russian Revolution, Trotsky describes the final days of Imperial Russia. Incompetent, vain, and almost comically ignorant of the historic events unfolding around it, the Tsarist regime fell, in Trotsky's words, "like rotten fruit."

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  • How Women Workers in Russia Sparked a Revolution

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    One of the greatest lessons the Russian state learned on March 8, 1917 was never to underestimate the women of Petrograd.  On that fateful morning, International Women’s Day, women workers threw down their tools and walked out of the factories and into the streets.

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  • Victor Serge, The Unconquered

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    William Giraldi for The Baffler

    Some writers are destined to have two deaths—the first in life, and the second in memory. The lucky ones can be resurrected from that second death by cultural circumstance and the aid of overseeing angels, irked by injustice, believing these Lazaruses should be helped from their tombs. In 2004, Susan Sontag opened her essay “Unextinguished” with this query, much to the present case: “How to explain the obscurity of one of the most compelling of twentieth-century ethical and literary heroes, Victor Serge?”



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