Selected Articles: 100 Years Ago – The Russian Revolution
HISTORY, 13 Nov 2017
November 7th, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution. We bring to the attention of our readers a selection of articles, including Eisenstein’s 1928 film, 10 Days that Shook the World.
How did factors as diverse as the country’s participation to WWI, constitutional reforms and economic conditions combine to enable the Bolsheviks to take down the tsarist regime?
A fresh and compelling new account of the Russian revolution to mark its centenary concludes by paying tribute to the Bolsheviks for acting as history’s switchmen, a term derived from the small booths that dotted the railway tracks across the Russian empire, where local revolutionaries had long gathered for clandestine meetings.
The October Revolution: “Ten Days that Shook the World” – By Sergei M. Eisenstein, November 05, 2017
Sergei Eisenstein’s masterpiece: “Ten Days that Shook the World” (1928). In documentary style, events in Petrograd are re-enacted from the end of the monarchy in February of 1917 to the end of the provisional government and the decrees of peace and of land in November of that year. While the Mensheviks vacillate, an advance guard infiltrates the palace. Antonov-Ovseyenko leads the attack and declares the proclamation dissolving the provisional government.
The Versailles Treaty was eventually signed on 28 June 1919 without Soviet Russia being involved. Even so, this treaty cancelled the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk.
The Russian Revolution at 100: The Legend and the Legacy – By Michael Welch, Prof Michel Chossudovsky, and Dr. Jacques R. Pauwels, November 05, 2017
The October Revolution was launched when the Red Guard took over key locations within the capital Petrograd. Twenty thousand Red Guards in the streets, backed by a squadron of seven rebel warships from Kronstadt, and trainloads of armed sailors from Helsingfors in Finland, managed to execute a nearly bloodless coup. Having taken over the Winter Palace, the seat of the Provisional Government, Vladimir Lenin declared that the government had been overthrown and that the Bolsheviks were in control.
The object of the US and its allies from the very outset in 1917 was to destabilize and destroy the Soviet Union. According to a secret document dated September 15, 1945, “the Pentagon had envisaged blowing up the Soviet Union with a coordinated nuclear attack directed against major urban areas. All major cities of the Soviet Union were included in the list of 66 “strategic” targets. The tables below categorize each city in terms of area in square miles and the corresponding number of atomic bombs required to annihilate and kill the inhabitants of selected urban areas.
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