Matthew Rendle
Articles by Matthew Rendle

Inventing the Russian Revolution in the Print Culture of 1917

Several decades ago, Keith Baker explored how the French Revolution was “invented” as people’s conceptions of revolution, and the role that they could play in it, transformed during 1789. Russians, of course, could draw on longstanding European revolutionary traditions by 1917, as well as decades of their own revolutionary activity, and did not have to “invent” their revolution in the same way; they were well aware of the power of revolution and their potential agency as revolutionaries. Nevertheless, a certain amount of “invention” was still seen as important.

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