Old and New Narratives on the Revolutions of 1917
Old and New Narratives on the Revolutions of 1917
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Julian Casanova 
Occupation: Member; Professor of Modern History
Institute for Advanced Study
Universidad de Zaragoza
Address: USA, Princeton; Spain, Zaragoza
Revolutions are extraordinary events that have a huge impact on the histories of nations and the world. No better setting exists to examine all of the profound changes that revolutions carry than the Russia of 1917. The historiography of the Russian Revolution had, since 1917, different “schools of thought”, but the fall of Communism in the former Soviet Union in 1991 has drastically changed the interpretative landscape, with new themes and approaches. This article examines the mutual points of dispute and agreement amongst historians and it seeks to identify the trends that have exercised the main specialists in 20th-Century Russia in the last three decades.
historiography, Russian Revolution, political violence, social and cultural history
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