1917 Centenary

1917 Centenary

“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.”

Vladimir Lenin

Books Please! The Russian Revolution, Arts and Culture
Sunday, 12 November 2017 20:00

Books Please! The Russian Revolution, Arts and Culture

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Mike Quille outlines some of the ways the Russian Revolution has influenced art and culture across the world in the last 100 years. The Bolshevik Revolution in October 1917 was the world’s first attempt to create a socialist society. It was based on the active support of the majority of the…
Flight and Fall
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 03 November 2017 18:17

Flight and Fall

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David Betteridge has written a commemorative work of prose and poetry especially for this Russian Revolution section of Culture Matters. An extract from the poetry is given in ebook format here, along with some illustrations by Bob Starrett. Flight and Fall looks back at the events of 1917 from the standpoint of Glasgow in 2017.  
USSR Rocket Sweet Tin
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 03 November 2017 17:11

Every revolution needs some smashing plates

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Mark Perryman went to the 1985 Exhibition of Soviet Design in London, and learned the real meaning of revolution. In 1985, Thatcherism reigned triumphant. The Miners' Strike was coming to a sorry end. With Reagan in the White House the second Cold War dominated what remained of international relations. It…
 Let Us Unite All the Forces of Science with the Creative Energy of the Working Class
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 03 November 2017 21:38

Revolution and Science under the Bolsheviks

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Andy Byford explains how science became one of the centrepieces of the Boshevik revolutionary imagination. In Russia, 1917 was a year of two very different revolutions. The downfall of tsarism in February was a point of historic rupture – an overturn of history, a momentous departure from the past. The…
The Russian Revolution and Avant-Garde Architecture
Monday, 30 October 2017 17:01

The Russian Revolution and Avant-Garde Architecture

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Jean Turner looks at the dramatic changes that took place in architecture following the Bolshevik Revolution, and the profound influence this had on the development of the world's first workers' state. In the nineteenth century, as in all the other arts, Russians were examining new forms of expression in architecture,…
Witness to the Revolution
Thursday, 26 October 2017 10:26

Witness to the Revolution

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John Ellison sketches out the life of Maxim Gorky, the righteous, relentless witness of the revolution who evoked the wretchedness and terror of living under Tsarist violence. The life of Maxim Gorky, author of three unforgettable volumes of autobiography covering his first two decades (‘Childhood’, ‘My Apprenticeship’, and ‘My Universities’),…
Kino eye two
Thursday, 26 October 2017 10:26

'The most important of the arts': film after the Russian Revolution

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John Green outlines the role of film in the Bolshevik Revolution, and the profound and lasting influence of Russian revolutionary film-makers on cinema not only in the Soviet Union but across the world. According to the Bolshevik government’s first Commissar for Education, Anatoly Lunacharsky, Lenin remarked that, ‘Film for us…
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