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Should we regret the Bolshevik Revolution?

David Aaronovitch


One hundred years ago this spring, there were remarkable events in Russia. But when I was young it was the October Revolution that I was taught about—how it had ushered in the world’s first worker’s state, and constituted the greatest moment in world history. It had, I knew, brought down one of the great tyrannies: the backward, dictatorial regime of the Romanov tsars. That the tsar had abdicated in February, months before the Bolshevik Revolution, passed me by. Like most people I believed Russia had gone from the tsars to the Bolsheviks in one jump. I therefore missed the other possibility: that of a democratic Russia.

It was not the tsar that was driven out by force, but the provisional government composed of social democrats, some conservatives and some social revolutionaries. This conflicted government continued to prosecute a war with Germany that had become impossible for the Russian people. But had they managed to hold on another year they would have been victors not victims.

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In Prospect’s April issue: Ross McKibbin, John Curtice and Lisa Nandy examine the state of the Labour Party and question its survival at the next general election. McKibbin takes a long view and suggests that the party’s problems started long before Jeremy Corbyn, Curtice argues that breaking the party is unlikely to go as well as some may think and Nandy argues that tackling unaccountable power could help restore faith in the party. Nicholas Timmins says the NHS has always experienced financial crises so is this time any different? Lucy Wadham charts the rise of France’s Front National. Also in this issue: Owen Hatherley explores Edinburgh’s architectural conundrum, Freya Johnston on Jane Austen and Avi Shlaim on the tragedy of Yitzhak Rabin—the last best hope for peace.