The Russian Revolution through the Prism of Propaganda
Why study the Russian Revolution?
Russian Revolution is one of the most important events of the twentieth
century. In February 1917, Tsar Nicholas II abdicated, and a representative
Provisional Government succeeded the autocracy. In October, the Bolsheviks,
led by Vladimir Lenin, overthrew the Provisional Government. They would
go on to establish the world's first socialist state and attempt to spread
socialist revolution around the world. In so doing, they issued a strong
ideological challenge to the capitalist world. During the 1930s, the Soviet
Union industrialized and advertised full employment and prosperity, while
the capitalist world was mired in the Great Depression.