Why Study The Russian Revolution?: Centennial Lectures of the International Committee of the Fourth International


The 1917 Russian Revolution was the most significant event of the 20th Century. The taking of power by the Russian working class, under the leadership of Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky, transformed the course of human history and still reverberates to this day.Between February and October 1917, Russia was shaken by two monumental revolutions. The first overthrew the Romanov aristocracy that had ruled for more than 300 years. The second overthrew the bourgeois Provisional Government and established the first socialist workers state in history.These events continue to generate debate and controversy. The essays in this volume are unique, in that they are written from a Marxist perspective, looking back from the vantage point of 100 years, and putting the events of 1917 in a contemporary perspective, under conditions of a world wracked by immense social and political contradictions.