In Defence of October

Study the lessons of the Russian Revolution

About us 1917 Live

Luego de las declaraciones del ministro de Salud, Ginés González García, acusando a los trabajadores no médicos de “delincuentes sanitarios que hacen terrorismo”, diversos sectores sociales y políticos se han movilizado apoyando a los trabajadores. Este petitorio es una forma de mostrar esa solidaridad; envíelo a sus conocidos y contactos en nuestro país e internacionales. Lee este artículo en

Quizás Usted no lo sepa, por eso es que queremos que entienda porque luchan los trabajadores de este Hospital. Esperamos que nos apoyen porque esto no es solo para nosotros, es también para sus hijos que merecen la mejor atención, a la vez que defendemos nuestro salario defendemos el presupuesto y las mejores condiciones de atención para su hijo. Le garantizamos la guardia mínima para las emergencias.. Pretenden responsabilizarnos a nosotros de la destrucción de la salud y la educación. Usted y noso nosotros sabemos que son los gobiernos de turno los que con presupuestos escasos y bajos salarios están matando la salud y la educación públicas.  Lee este artículo en

La lucha de los trabajadores del Garrahan, como la del Subte hace unos meses, se ha transformado en un emblema para toda la clase obrera argentina. El gobierno y los medios se escandalizan ahora por los perjuicios a los pacientes causados por las medidas de fuerza. No se los nota tan preocupados en el día a día ante las gravísimas deficiencias del sistema hospitalario, por la falta de insumos de todo tipo en los hospitales y centros de salud, y por los profesionales y trabajadores dedicados que sufresufren 13 años de congelamiento salarial. Y todo porque se privilegia el pago miles de millones de dólares para la deuda pública en lugar de destinar ese dinero a atender los gastos sociales en salud, educación, infraestructuras, barrios y otras áreas. Lee este artículo en
The February Revolution
Strikes and protests erupt on women's day in Petrograd and develop into a mass movement involving hundreds of thousands of workers; within 5 days the workers win over the army and bring down the hated and seemingly omnipotent Tsarist Monarchy.
Lenin Returns
Lenin returns to Russia and presents his ‘April Theses’ denouncing the Bourgeois Provisional Government and calling for “All Power to the Soviets!”
The June Days
Following the First All-Russian Congress of Soviets, the reformist leaders called a demonstration to show the strength of "democracy". 400,000 people attended, the vast majority carried banners with Bolshevik slogans.
The July Days
Spontaneous, armed demonstrations against the Provisional Government erupt in Petrograd. The workers and soldiers are suppressed by force, introducing a period of reaction and making the peaceful development of the revolution impossible.
The Kornilov Affair
Following the July days, the Bolsheviks were driven underground and the forces of reaction were emboldened. This process culminated in the reactionary forces coalescing around General Kornilov, who attempt to march on Petrograd and crush the revolutionary movement in its entirety.
The October Revolution
The Provisional Government is overthrown. State power passes to the Soviets on the morningm of 26th October, after the Bolsheviks’ Military Revolutionary Committee seize the city and the cabinet surrenders.
  • V. I. Lenin

    V. I. Lenin

    "The dominating trait of his character, the feature which constituted half his make-up, was his will..."
  • L. Trotsky

    L. Trotsky

    “Astounding speeches, fanfares of orders, the unceasing electrifier of a weakening army.”
  • G. Plekhanov

    G. Plekhanov

    "In the final analysis the brilliant aspects of Plekhanov’s character will endure forever."
  • G. O. Zinoviev

    G. O. Zinoviev

    "Zinoviev has won the reputation of being one of the most remarkable orators – a difficult feat."
  • Y. M. Sverdlov

    Y. M. Sverdlov

    “He did not die on the field of battle, but we are right to see him as a man who gave his life for the cause.”
  • V. Volodarsky

    V. Volodarsky

    “He was always to be seen in the front row, the on-the-spot leader. So, they killed him.”
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Reading Guides

  • The 1917 February Revolution

    The 1917 February Revolution

    The February Revolution saw a mass strike develop from below at a furious pace which posed the question of state power within a week of its inception. Workers in Petrograd took to the streets against intolerable bread shortages, the slaughter
  • Lenin Returns in April

    Lenin Returns in April

    This reading guide contains some of Lenin’s most important writings and speeches made in the April period, accompanied by works which provide further details of events at that stage of the Revolution.
  • The June Days 1917

    The June Days 1917

    This reading guide informs the May-June period of the Revolution with analysis, accounts of those who were involved and important speeches and writings of the time.
  • The July Days 1917

    The July Days 1917

    This selection of texts covers the background, events and consequences of the July Days. Next, we will turn our attention to one of those consequences – the Kornilov putsch in late August.
  • The Kornilov affair

    The Kornilov affair

    Kornilov’s failed coup brought the direct action of the masses into play again, and proved to them once and for all that they were the only force in society capable of transforming their own living conditions. For the first time,
  • The October Insurrection 1917

    The October Insurrection 1917

    The following series of articles provides in-depth analyses and first-hand accounts of the events immediately preceding, during and after the greatest event in human history: the October Revolution, in addition to reflections on its aftermath.
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