Russian Revolution

The Russian Revolution as Past Made Present

Mikhail Zygar’s The Empire Must Die provides a narrative timeline for the Russian Revolution as an allegory for Russia’s present.

The Russian Revolution as Utopian Leap in the Open Air of History

Mark Steinberg on the symbolism of angels, wings, and flight in the Russian Revolution.

Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution

Guest: Brendan McGeever on the Bolsheviks and antisemitism.

Russian Peasants in Revolution

Guest: Aaron Retish on peasants in the Russian Revolution.

A Life with the Russian Revolution

Guest: Alexander Rabinowitch on the Bolsheviks coming to power.

Experiencing the Russian Revolution

Guest: Mark Steinberg on the experience of the Russian Revolution.

Lenin and the Bolsheviks

Guest: Lars Lih on Lenin.

Alexander Shlyapnikov: An Old Working Class Bolshevik

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Guest:

Barbara Allen is an associate professor of history at La Salle University where she specializes in the Russian revolutionary movement and the early Soviet regime. Her research interests include the history of working-class opposition to the Soviet Communist Party’s dictatorship. Her most recent book is Alexander Shlyapnikov, 1885-1937: Life of an Old Bolshevik which was just released in paperback.

Music:

John Lennon, “Working Class Hero,” John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, 1970.

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