Other events / further Reading

Other relevant events we have heard about

■ The Red and the Black – The Russian Revolution and the Black Atlantic. A conference to be held at the Institute for Black Atlantic Research (IBAR), University of Central Lancashire, Preston, 14-15 October 2017, to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution. Information here.

■ If you have stuff you want us to include, let us know at socialhistories1917[at]gmail.com.

Books about the Russian revolution that are free to download

Arthur Ransome

(Yes, that’s the same guy who wrote Swallows and Amazons. He covered the Russian civil war as a journalist.)

Six Weeks in Russia in 1919, by Arthur Ransome. Downloadable free in various formats.

The Crisis in 1921, by Arthur Ransome.  Downloadable free in various formats.

There are articles on Ransome’s involvement with revolutionary Russia in The Guardian hereand in The Independent here. And there’s a page linking to a couple of other things by Ransome at the Marxists Internet Archive here.

 

Michael Farbman 

(another journalist – less well known than Ransome – who visited early Soviet Russia)

The Russian Revolution and the War, by Michael Farbman. 1917

Russia and the Struggle for Peace, by Michael Farbman. 1918

 

Albert Rhys Williams 

(An American labour activist who was in Russia during the revolution)

Through the Russian Revolution, by Albert Rhys Williams, 1921

 

 

“Down with tips”. “We stand for respect for waiters as human beings”. Restaurant and cafe workers, St Petersburg, spring 1917.
“Down with tips”. “We stand for respect for waiters as human beings”. Restaurant and cafe workers, St Petersburg, spring 1917.

 

A propaganda card, “self-government for children”. Slogans, from left: “Dry, clean nappies”; “Protection from flies”; “Our mothers’ breast”; “Clean air and light”; “We demand!” “Healthy parents”; “Midwives, not grannies”.
A propaganda card, “self-government for children”. Slogans, from left: “Dry, clean nappies”; “Protection from flies”; “Our mothers’ breast”; “Clean air and light”; “We demand!” “Healthy parents”; “Midwives, not grannies”.