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'Why should you care about the Russian Revolution?' by Mark Edele

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October 2017, no. 395

'Why should you care about the Russian Revolution?' by Mark Edele

Reviewed by
October 2017, no. 395

‘What about Lenin do you admire most?’ Catherine Merridale, author of Lenin on the Train (2016), answered as most historians would: ‘I can’t think of anything much to admire.’  That this question could be asked at all in 2017 shows that the Russian Revolution continues to fascinate. Such continuities with the mental world of the Cold War are no speciality of the political left, but they rely on nearly heroic efforts to simplify an incredibly complex historical reality.

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  • The credibility of Professor Edele’s otherwise fairly balanced survey of recent publications on the Russian Revolution is undermined by his failure to make any mention of the wars of intervention. Leslie Louis.
    Posted by L.J Louis
    Thursday, 05 October 2017 13:30