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First published on 30 June 1956, a profile of the philosopher and the communist dilemma.
To grow up in the Communist Party of Great Britain was to be on the side of the future . . . or so it seemed.
The cat-and-mouse game between the poet Osip Mandelstam and the Soviet dictator could only end in death.
The Soviet state was born in violence and shaped with merciless determination. Lenin played a central role in its creation.
Western apologists for the Soviet Union believed they were in the vanguard of history.
A century and a half ago, Das Kapital, the bible of 20th-century revolutionaries, predicted the overthrow of capitalism – but also the rise of globalisation.
The Russian experiment on 1917 today serves not as an example but as a permanent warning against tyranny.
The October Uprising of 1917 saw Bolshevik forces seize power in Russia. Local councils of urban workers called "Soviets" overthrew Aleksandr Kerensky's Provisional Government and plunged the country into civil war. This article, published in the New Statesman on November 17 1917, reflects on the state of a country increasingly "rent between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat."
On 15 March 1917, after months of strikes and unrest, Tsar Nicholas II stepped down as supreme ruler of the Russian people. This response, published on 24 March in The Nation, greeted the news as a sign of "hope" for all of war-torn Europe.
The Russian revolutions of 1917 left a country simmering with civil war. Julius West's reports for the New Statesman offer a first hand account of the uneasy beginnings of Bolshevik rule. This article appeared on 4 May 1918, and covers the regime's new assualt on religion, as well as the indiscipline among soldiers - one of whom forced a woman to undress in the street.