To mark the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution
, Haymarket Books offers a reading list that showcases the promise, highlights the potential, and analyzes the shortcomings and ultimate downfall of the first successful workers’ revolution in history.
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."