The red dawn: the October Revolution

On the centenary of the October Revolution, which swept Vladimir Lenin's Bolsheviks to power in Russia, four historians tackle our questions on what was one of the most explosive events of the 20th century

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, depicted in an undated Communist poster. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the November 2017 issue of BBC History Magazine.

The revolutionary unrest that swept Russia in 1917 was the culmination of decades of mass disaffection at the rule of Tsar Nicholas II, the weak leader of an autocratic regime, who treated the poverty of Russia’s people with indifference.

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