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.
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.”
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 the 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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