From the fall of Russia’s last Tsar to the rise of the first communist state, discover how the seismic revolution of 1917 changed both a country and a world through expert articles and collection items.


Reporting the Revolution

Reporting the Russian Revolution

Katie McElvanney explores how events of the Russian Revolution and civil wars were reported within Russia and abroad, and how the press was used to inform, persuade, or even repress, the masses.

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Propaganda in the Russian Revolution

Propaganda in the Russian Revolution

Katya Rogatchevskaia, Lead Curator of East European Collections at the British Library, discusses the various forms of propaganda in circulation during the Russian Revolution.

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Timeline of the Russian Revolution

Timeline of the Russian Revolution

From the final years of the last tsars of Russia to the establishment of the Communist Party, learn more about the key events of the Russian Revolution.

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Violence and terror in the Russian Revolution

Violence and terror in the Russian Revolution

Collaborative Doctoral student Mike Carey looks at the ideologies of violence and violent practices driving the Russian Revolution and the civil war.

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Women and the Russian Revolution

Katie McElvanney explores how women’s lives changed during the Russian Revolution, tracing the history of female revolutionaries in Russia and the different ways women documented and participated in events.

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Blog posts

Sounds Of The Revolution

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Guest blogger Ilia Rogatchevski looks back at one of the events accompanying our exhibition Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths and considers the role of music in the Revolution. What is a revolutionary sound? Is it defined by the characteristics of...

Revolutionaries, spies and royals

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

William Melville was Head of Scotland Yard’s Special Branch and later a senior member of the British Secret Service MI5. While still at Scotland Yard, he was involved in intelligence operations against anarchists with suspected links to Russian revolutionary émigrés,...

‘A Man of Throbbing Vitality’: Leon Trotsky and the ‘Leatherites’

Friday, June 9, 2017

In a recent article for the Guardian, the ‘weird fiction’ author China Miéville raised the issue of historian Orlando Figes’s ‘disapproving fascination’ with the leather jackets habitually worn by Bolshevik revolutionaries during the period of the Civil War. Figes’s fascination...

One World, One Script, Many Lects: Early Soviet Turkic Language Reform

Monday, June 5, 2017

The concept of a unified national language is very much a product of the modern era. Since antiquity, commentators, authors, scribes and others have complained about the quality of language use in literary and scholastic circles and everyday life. Such...

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Shop our Russian Revolution range


Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths

The catalogue to accompany our major exhibition takes a fresh look at the Russian Revolution 100 years on.



Crime And Punishment

Published as part of the Vintage Classic Russians Series to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution.



Women Workers Take Up Your Rifles Cushion

Featuring the poster image drawn from the collection of David King – an expert on Soviet art.