History and Historiography

‘The Global Legacy of the Russian Revolution: A Comparative Perspective’

By Steven Marks

This article examines the global legacy of the Russian Revolution by making comparisons with revolutions dating back to the sixteenth century. It finds similarities in how communications, counterrevolutions, and national liberation movements formed the legacies of both the Russian Revolution and its antecedents in both Europe and the wider world. While the Revolution was vital in shaping the political contours of the twentieth century, the article argues that the Russian Revolution no longer resonates in the world today, as illustrated by lack of reference to the latter in the Arab Spring and the limp celebration of its centennial on the part of the Left.


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