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The Road to Red October

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1917 in Russia - two revolutions and a turning point in history - the first workers state. First published in 1987 this is an updated version using re-edited material serialised in Workers Power in 2007.

Introduction: a revolution of our time

The Russian Revolution in 1917 shook the world and opened up a new period in world history. The overthrow of capitalism became an immediate question in states across the world. Read more...

The fall of the hated Tsar

In 1917 Russia still used the old Julian calendar so it was 13 days behind most other countries which used the Gregorian calendar we still use today. Read more...

When Women set Russia ablaze

The specific role of women workers in the February revolution occurred because of the very acute way the war had affected them. Read more...

Lenin re-arms the party

The explosion of anger that swept aside the Tsarist regime in February 1917 led to a profoundly contradictory situation at the level of state power. Read more...

Workers control - dual power in the factories

In February 1917 the Russian workers overthrew the Tsarist regime, only then to accept a government of the bourgeois parties, the Cadets and the Octobrists. Read more...

All power to the Soviets

The October Revolution in Russia was carried through by the Bolshevik Party under the slogan 'All Power to the Soviets'. Read more...

The July Days

In the spring and early summer of 1917, it became more and more clear that the Provisional Government would not address any of Russia's crying needs. Read more...

How the Bolsheviks won leadership of the masses

The Russian workers, particularly those in Petrograd, had suffered a very real setback after the mass street demonstrations of the July Days. Read more...

Kornilov’s coup and the united front

Kerensky’s government though increasingly exposed was still trying to crack down on the organised workers. Kerensky was himself plotting a coup, but it was to be his coup, not the generals. Read more...

Lenin’s struggle for the insurrection

The October insurrection, which took power into the hands of the workers and poorest sections of the peasantry, was no historical accident. Read more...