The Russian Revolution in today's perspective


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History Today
Vol. 7, no. 12 (December 1957), p. 830-839


"We shall now proceed to construct the Socialist order," announced Lenin to the Congress of Soviets early on the morning of November 8th, 1917. He had prepared no blueprint from which to work, and forty years later the structure of the Soviet state is very different from that which its founder envisaged