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El-Lissitzky, ‘Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge!’ (1919) Typeset on paper.

Art and politics in revolutionary Russia – part 1

The Russian Revolution inspired a generation of artists to create new forms of artistic expression. In the first of a series of illustrated articles Paul Rouhan explores the art of the revolution

  • Written by Paul Rouhan
  • Category: History
Muslim fighters from Tatarstan join the Bolshevik Red Army in 1918. Source: Dawn

The moon and stars: Bolshevism and Islam

The young Soviet Union took measures which were radical in giving power to indigenous people, including the Muslim peoples of Central Asia

  • Written by Chris Bambery
  • Category: History
Arthur Ransome. Photo: Hugh Lupton

Arthur Ransome on the Russian Revolution

Arthur Ransome wrote the pamphlet, The Truth About Russia, in Moscow in 1918 to win international support for the Revolution. Introduction by Judy Cox

  • Written by Judy Cox
  • Category: History
The Petrograd Soviet Assembly meeting in 1917

Russia's road to revolution

The revolutionary events of 1905 profoundly affected the revolutionary parties themselves, argues Sean Ledwith

  • Written by Sean Ledwith
  • Category: History
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Must revolution always mean catastrophe?

Neither Cromwell, nor Robespierre, nor Lenin, could become an icon or avatar for the reactionary regimes they helped to overthrow, but Stalin was different argues Bill Bowring

  • Written by Bill Bowring
  • Category: History

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