Russian Revolution Reading reading group to form proposes the formation of a wide socialist study/ discussion group to learn from the experience of the 1917 Russian Revolution.

To begin; we propose a read through and discussion of Ten Days that shook the world by John Reed, followed by a screening of Tsar to Lenin, and on to other materials.

During the first two months of 1917, Russia was still a Romanov monarchy. Eight months later the Bolsheviks stood at the helm. They were little known to anybody when the year began, and their leaders were still under indictment for state treason when they came to power. You will not find such a sharp turn in history – especially if you remember that it involves a nation of one hundred and fifty million people. It is clear that the events of 1917, whatever you think of them, deserve study.” – Leon Trotsky (1930)

Events have proved that without a party capable of directing the proletarian revolution, the revolution itself is rendered impossible. The proletariat cannot seize power by a spontaneous uprising.. ..It is high time we collected all documents, printed all available materials and applied ourselves to their study” – Leon Trotsky (1924)

The discussions shall be held via zoom, aiming to start sometime early June. Flexible on dates and times, to be finalised depending on the requirements of the participants.

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Owen Hsieh is an independent Marxist living between Western Australia and Taiwan. An avid bibliophile and book collector with a special interest in Eastern European literature and history, currently focused on the Russian Revolution and Stalinism.

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