At the end of October we once again commemorate the October Revolution, when the Russian Bolsheviks overthrew their capitalist government and created the world’s first socialist state.
This clip from Sergei Eisenstein’s movie October, filmed on the actual location where the revolution began just ten years later, shows the fateful first moments when the uprising was launched.
(The soundtrack is I Lenin Takoi Molodoi or Lenin Is Young Again.)
You can read John Reed’s Ten Days that Shook the World — the only firsthand account of the October Revolution written in English — online for free here. And in case you missed it before, Ask A Socialist has posted an introduction to Lenin here.Download this piece as a PDF