Echoes of October: International Commemorations of the Bolshevik Revolution 1918-1990. Editors Jean-François Fayet, Valérie Gorin, Stefanie Prezioso

Echoes of October

International Commemorations of the Bolshevik Revolution 1918-1990

Aug 2017
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256
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This volume brings together a range of international authors exploring commemorations of the Bolshevik Revolution from the perspective of the 2017 centenary. Contributors address the international echoes of the celebrations by sketching out a map of the diverse territories commemorating October, including the state spaces of the USSR and other socialist regimes; the associational spaces of the communist Western micro-societies; and the symbolic spaces of newspapers, colours, songs and the communists’ revolutionary calendar.

From the first anniversary of the revolution in 1918, 7 November was the day of celebrations that marked the founding of the Soviet regime. Through marches, speeches, military parades, carnivals, and the inaugurations of public monuments and plaques, it was on this key date that the peoples and territories of the USSR were brought together in commemoration of the October socialist revolution. Domestically, the object was to foster unity, provide legitimacy, and facilitate popular mobilisations. Commemorative events were also held outside the USSR, and these practices upheld the regime’s international prestige, especially when it presented itself as a model for world revolution.

This volume brings together a range of international authors exploring those commemorations from the perspective of the 2017 centenary. Contributors address the international echoes of the celebrations by sketching out a map of the diverse territories commemorating October, including the state spaces of the USSR and other socialist regimes; the associational spaces of the communist Western micro-societies; and the symbolic spaces of newspapers, colours, songs and the communists’ revolutionary calendar.

The collection is therefore valuable for readers interested in Soviet political rituals and their representations and new appropriations through different spaces, from the interwar period to the Cold War. It, as part of the Studies in Twentieth Century Communism series, offers a unique and vital perspective on the history of the twentieth century. 

Kevin Morgan, Series Editor’s Introduction

Jean-François Fayet, Introduction

Eric Aunoble, Commemorating an Event that Never Occurred: Russian October in Soviet Ukraine in the 1920s

Ottokar Luban, The Echoes of the Russian October Revolution 1917 Under the State of Siege in Germany, October/November 1918

Kasper Braskén, Celebrating October: The Transnational Commemorations of the Tenth Anniversary of the Soviet Union in Weimar Germany

Daniel Kowalsky, Exporting Soviet Commemoration: The Spanish Civil War and the October Revolution, 1936-1939

Anastasia Koukouna, Commemorating the October Revolution in Greece, 1918-1949

André Liebich, The Mensheviks Commemorate October

Stephan Rindlisbacher, The Echoes of the Echoes: Reflecting the International Commemoration of the October Revolution in the Newspaper Pravda, 1918-1991