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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Blog posts

The problem with Berlin Alexanderplatz

Monday, May 22, 2017

The current season of films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder at the BFI has included his adaptation of Alfred Döblin’s ‘unfilmable’ novel Berlin Alexanderplatz. Here former BL cataloguer Trevor Willimott reflects on his experience of reading the original work. For someone...

Dmitrii Moor interrogates: Have *You* Bought Your Ticket?

Friday, May 19, 2017

One of the main founders of Soviet political poster design, Dmitrii Orlov was born in 1883 in Novochekassk to the family of an engineer. In 1898 the family moved to Moscow. Although the young artist did not receive a systematic...

Short words strike home

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A monosyllable is a long word that means a short one. Some tongues have more of them, some less; some are rich, some poor. English and Catalan (Eng and Cat in the MARC language codes used by library cataloguers) have...

Not Lenin and Trotsky - a Mystery Solved?

Monday, May 15, 2017

Last year we published a blog post asking for information on two photographs by the American photographer Donald C. Thompson, widely published as images of Lenin and Trotsky in the English-speaking world but, with the benefit of hindsight, clearly not...

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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.