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Book review: a short history of the Russian revolution by Geoffrey Swain

Edgerton, Barton (2017) Book review: a short history of the Russian revolution by Geoffrey Swain. LSE Review of Books (07 Nov 2017). Website.

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In A Short History of the Russian Revolution, Geoffrey Swain challenges the historical narrative that the Bolsheviks co-opted an otherwise reform-minded labour movement for revolutionary purposes, instead underscoring the radicalism of Russian workers. On 7 November 2017, the centenary of the October Revolution of 1917, Barton Edgerton reviews this work, finding that, more than anything, it suggests the contingency of the multiple events behind this world-changing Revolution. If you are interested in this review, you may also like to read Geoffrey Swain’s own reflections on the book, published on the LSE RB blog in March 2017. A Short History of the Russian Revolution. Geoffery Swain. IB Tauris. 2016.

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Subjects: D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2017 10:34
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 21:15

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