What is the truth about Russia? What was the 1917 Russian Revolution all about? Why did it happen in semi-feudal Russia, of all places? What kind of society did it usher in? Was the inhumane tyranny of Stalin and his successors the natural product of socialist revolution?
Does socialism inevitably lead to dictatorship? Or was another outcome possible, with a totally different history for the twentieth century? What can today’s generations of socialists and workers learn from the tumultuous events of Russia and their global repercussions?
Written to mark the centenary of October 1917, this booklet is an attempt to introduce some of the fundamental theories, events, processes and class forces in both the Russian Revolution and the subsequent rise of Stalinism.