This volume provides the English-speaking reader with little-known perspectives of Central and Eastern European historians on the topic of the Russian Revolution. Whereas research into the Soviet Union’s history has flourished at Western universities, the contribution of Central and Eastern European historians, during the Cold War working in conditions of imposed censorship, to this field of academic research has often been seriously circumscribed. Bringing together perspectives from across Central and Eastern Europe alongside contributions from established scholars from the West, this significant volume casts the year 1917 in a new critical light.

chapter 1|10 pages

The Russian Revolution and its many circles

ByŁukasz Adamski, Bartłomiej Gajos

chapter 2|14 pages

“A ravaged century” 1

Did the Russian Revolution define the 20th century?
ByMarek Kornat

chapter 3|15 pages

Violence in the Russian Revolution and Civil War, 1914–20

A survey of recent historiography
BySteve A. Smith

chapter 4|20 pages

From utopia to a lawless state

Russian Marxism and Russian Revolutions as a totalitarian project
ByAdam Bosiacki

chapter 5|22 pages

Loci of political power

The 1917 Russian revolution from regional perspectives
BySarah Badcock

chapter 6|12 pages

The Karaims 1

Political and social activities during the Russian Revolution and civil war
ByPetr Kaleta

chapter 7|15 pages

The 1917 Russian Revolution and Belarusian national movement

ByAliaksandr Smalančuk

chapter 8|13 pages

Great Britain and the 1917 revolution in Ukraine 1

ByJan Jacek Bruski

chapter 9|15 pages


The Russian Revolution and Finnish independence
ByKari Alenius

chapter 10|20 pages


Social conflict in Central and Eastern Europe in 1917–1920
ByWłodzimierz Borodziej, Maciej Górny

chapter 13|9 pages

Austria-Hungary and the Russian Revolution

ByLothar Höbelt

chapter 14|11 pages

Great Britain and the Russian Revolution of 1917

ByYevgeny Sergeyev

chapter 15|18 pages

Idle memory?

The 1917 anniversary in Russia
ByBoris Kolonitsky, Mariya Matskevich

chapter 16|22 pages

A quiet jubilee

Practices of the political commemoration of the centenary of the 1917 revolution(s) in Russia 1
ByOlga Malinova

chapter 17|28 pages

(R)evolutionary memory in Tambov (1991–2017) 1

ByBartłomiej Gajos