Maulvi Barkatullah was among the ulema who travelled to Moscow in May 1919, just a short period after the Bolshevik Revolution
Needless to say, the social, cultural and institutional genesis of present-day Russia lies in the Bolshevik Revolution
, when the Soviet Union emerged from the ashes of the Tsarist empire in the wake of World War I.
The parallels between the French Revolution of 1789 and the Bolshevik Revolution
In an article in The Guardian last May, he quoted the lifelong revolutionary Victor Serge, born in Belgium to an exiled Russian revolutionary couple, who travelled to Russia to serve the Bolshevik revolution
and was later persecuted and jailed by the Stalinists.
Regarding the Bolshevik Revolution
, it was often said that with it, "the sun had finally risen in the East"!
With the Bolshevik revolution
launched 100 years ago next month, and with the Berlin Wall tumbling down in November of 1989, signaling the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union, it's as good a moment as any to ponder what the impact of the hammer and the sickle, and the role Jews played in promoting, resisting, and grappling with Communism.
The author blames the crime and violence on the corruption of the Provisional Government and shows how the crime wave led to the repressive techniques of the secret police and the Communist dictatorship after the Bolshevik Revolution
. The book contains b&w maps and many political cartoons from the period.
A scholar of the Bolshevik Revolution
and the evolution of the Soviet Communist regime must be extremely selective in choosing a focus when considering their implications, and so my essay reflects the law of comparative advantage.
As Hobsbawm would have been the first to acknowledge, for most of the twentieth century the same was true of the Bolshevik revolution
of November 1917.
British writer Arthur Ransome returns to Russia as a reporter during World War I but finds his job description somewhat altered after the Bolshevik Revolution
His scenes are closely akin to Babel's Odessa Tales, which tells the story of a group of Moldavanka Jewish gangsters at the time of the Bolshevik Revolution
. The artist's focus on Jewish subjects and his implied criticism of Soviet society rendered his work taboo in the U.S.S.R.
If Serge was right and the Bolshevik revolution
shows the weakness of the anarchist position then, to be consistent, Marxists must rip up Lenin's State and Revolution --but for some reason they do not.