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An April Thesis 2017

One hundred years ago last week, Vladimir Lenin arrived at the Finland Station in what was then known as Petrograd. The violent and incompetent despot, Tsar Nicholas II, had been forced to step down following mass popular demonstrations. 1,178 more words

April 16, 1917 The Sealed Train

The “War to End all Wars” entered its third year in 1917, seeming as though it would go on forever. Neither side seemed able to gain strategic advantage on the front. 723 more words

History

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An exhibition review of the Royal Academy’s ‘Art of the the Russian Revolution’

The east (of London) is red

A political earthquake shook the world 100 years ago: the Russian Revolution. Its tremors were felt in London’s East End which, from the early 1880s, was home to tens of thousands of  Jews who had fled discrimination, persecution, threats and violence in the Russian Empire, and were looking for safety, freedom and a better life. 678 more words

A Mixed Bag

A few phone happy-snaps of recent stuff. Terrible photos but it’s really convenient to just use the phone for WIPS and it gives me a good idea if I’ve missed anything. 286 more words

WIP

Today in WWI: The Armistice at Brest-Litovsk

On the outskirts of the city of Brest (once called Brest-Litovsk), Belarus, between the river Bug and the river Mukhavets, stands an old fortress. Overlooking the nearby border with Poland, its red brick walls are pockmarked with countless bullet-holes and missing bricks, one by one loosened and lost over 2 centuries of existence. 838 more words

Armistice