Russian Revolution: 100 Year Anniversary

New exhibition at Hoover Institution and Cantor Arts Center marks centenary of 1917 Russian Revolution
Featuring the Hoover Institution

How the stain of communism remains on the modern world; James Rosen takes a look back for 'Special Report.'

The Long-Lasting Impact Of The Russian Revolution
Quoting Michael R. Auslin

How the stain of communism remains on the modern world; James Rosen takes a look back for 'Special Report.'

Hammer, Sickle, and Soil: The Soviet Drive to Collectivize Agriculture
By Jonathan Daly

In Hammer, Sickle, and Soil, Jonathan Daly tells the harrowing story of Stalin’s transformation of millions of family farms throughout the USSR into 250,000 collective farms during the period from 1929 to 1933. History’s biggest experiment in social engineering at the time and the first example of the complete conquest of the bulk of a population by its rulers, the policy was above all intended to bring to Russia Marx’s promised bright future of socialism. In the process, however, it caused widespread peasant unrest, massive relocations, and ultimately led to millions dying in the famine of 1932–33.

The cautionary tale of the Bolshevik revolution
By Niall Ferguson

Earlier this marked the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. Between 1917 and 1991, when the Soviet Union collapsed, the grand total of victims of Communism was between 85 million and 100 million. 

Documentary Film Screening: Women of the Gulag
Executive producer Paul Gregory

This new documentary features the personal stories of six women who were political prisoners in Stalin’s Gulag. The premiere will be followed by a discussion with film director, Marianna Yarovskaya, and executive producer, Dr. Paul Gregory.

Caplan on Communism
By David Henderson

Before the Russian Revolution of 1917, "socialism" and "communism" were synonyms. Both referred to economic systems in which the government owns the means of production. The two terms diverged in meaning largely as a result of the political theory and practice of Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924).

Communism’s Bloody Century
By Stephen Kotkin

A century ago this week, communism took over the Russian empire, the world’s largest state at the time. Leftist movements of various sorts had been common in European politics long before the revolution of Oct. 25, 1917 (which became Nov. 7 in the reformed Russian calendar), but Vladimir Lenin and his Bolsheviks were different. They were not merely fanatical in their convictions but flexible in their tactics—and fortunate in their opponents.

The anti-market murder cult of Leninism and Stalinism.
Interview with Stephen Kotkin

Hoover Institution fellow Stephen Kotkin discusses his Wall Street Journal article "Communism’s Bloody Century."

‘Why the response to the centenary is muted’ – the Russian Revolution and its legacy
Featuring Stephen Kotkin

One hundred years after the Bolshevik revolt, books by Masha Gessen, Serhii Plokhy, Yuri Slezkine and Stephen Kotkin shed light on Soviet socialism’s birth and death.

Is The Russian Revolution Over Yet?
Quoting Stephen Kotkin

One hundred years after Red October, when Vladimir Lenin and his Bolsheviks overthrew the Tsarist autocracy, the revolution is still a difficult subject for modern Russia.

The legacy of 100 years of communism: 65 million deaths
Quoting Stephen Kotkin

One hundred years ago Tuesday, the Bolsheviks’ Big Lie took lethal root in Russia. Vladimir Lenin and his followers commandeered the vast empire and set in motion a breathtakingly cruel experiment in economics and social engineering. Lenin and his followers promised a system that would release the repressed, empower the proletariat against a wealthy bourgeoisie and create a land of abundance and social justice. Communism would bury capitalism.

100 Years Later: Four Books About the 1917 Russian Revolution
Featuring Robert Service

One hundred years ago today—November 7, 1917—what began as a celebration of International Women’s Day six months earlier culminated in the radical left government, led by Vladimir Lenin and his Bolshevik Party, taking complete power over the vast Russian Empire, nearly one-sixth of all the earth’s land, controlled for three centuries by the Romanov dynasty.