The Russian Bolshevik Revolution: 100 years later

A few years back a fellow blogger wrote an extensive history of the Russian Bolshevik Revolution of October 2017, and to mark the 100 year anniversary (centennial) of that historic revolution I’ve decided to share the introductory post in the series. It’s important to remember that the Russian Revolution was unlike any other revolution the world had ever seen before. It was the first successful communist revolution in which workers took control of the state as opposed to a revolution led primarily by a group of elites.

the Russian Revolution

Excerpted from the post:

“Most of the Western history concerning the Bolshevik Revolution and the early Soviet Union demonstrates a strong anti-communist bias as well as an obsession with the ‘great men’ of the era. Despite popular conceptions about academics all being left-wing radicals, most Western historians have towed the conventional position on the Bolsheviks: they were, at best, naïve idealists undone by ‘inherently’ selfish and power-hungry human nature, or, at worst, brutal tyrants hiding their thirst for autocracy behind their populist appeals. Additionally, scholars have focused most of their attention on Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin (each having their own ‘-ism’), as if these individuals exercised complete monolithic top-down control among their peers or even in the sprawling, complex Soviet state.”

Bakunin Matata!

The purpose of this study is to spread awareness and education about one of the critical turning points in world history. The Bolshevik Revolution and the creation of the Soviet Union represent a major milestone to left-wing movements everywhere, as the262px-Soviet_Roundel Soviet Union was not only the first true socialist state but also the first attempt at forging a new socialist society. Compared to other revolutions, which merely saw one ruling class replaced with another, the Bolshevik Revolution offered a chance at total social upheaval, a clean break with the hierarchical and exploitative systems of feudalism and capitalism. In addition to revolutionaries, the Bolsheviks were pioneers exploring new territory, constructing a world to that point only imagined by academics, politicians, trade union activists and working class agitators. Marx and Engels provided thorough and scientific critiques of capitalism and called upon the workers of the world to unite, but they had…

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  1. You have said that:
    “It’s important to remember that the Russian Revolution was unlike any other revolution the world had ever seen before. It was the first successful communist revolution in which workers took control of the state as opposed to a revolution led primarily by a group of elites.”

    Thank you for this understanding and the post my Earthling friend! You are one of the people(within non-communist people) who understood the October Revolution in the correct way and given the good effort to understand it.

    As Lenin said: “Comrades, I want to tell you how we understand the Revolution of October 25. It is wrong to attribute to us that we want to force socialism in. Predicting when the revolution will grow, to give promises on it will come tomorrow, it means that you are deceiving. You can only work for the benefit of the revolution. The revolution can be done only by the masses, driven by deep economic needs.”
    (I hope I could translate as right)

    And the revolutionaries made a fairy tale become true…
    as same as at the lyrics of the Soviet air force march, written in 1920:
    “We were born to make a fairy tale become true…”

    Also, if you want to listen this march my earthling friend, you can find it by writing “Мы рождены, чтоб сказку сделать былью” on youtube, it has enjoyful rhythm. 🙂

  2. I learned only recently the following:
    “Many Americans would be surprised to learn that the USA, along with Britain, France, and Japan, fought a campaign in Russia just after the Great War (World War I). The primary objective of this action was the re-establishment of an Eastern Front following the collapse of the Russian government during the 1917 Bolshevik revolution, but Allied fear of communist ambitions in other countries also played into the intervention as will be seen below. The overall campaign was named the Polar Bear Expedition, but was also known as the Northern Russian Expedition, the American North Russia Expeditionary Force”
    http://www.criticalenquiry.org/history/polarbear.shtml

    1. The amount of history that isn’t widely taught is truly astounding. As much as the US foreign policy establishment would like us to believe that all these “cold wars” were to prevent the spread of communism, the truth I believe is that they were more worried about the possibility of their own ultra capitalist causing people here to look at alternative models to the monstrosity we have been dealt.

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