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The Russian Revolution Centenary: 1917-2017 Politics, Propaganda and People's Art

Politics, Propaganda and People's Art of the “Great” Socialist October Revolution

This is the virtual counterpart of a physical exhibition that is dedicated to the centenary of the Russian Revolution. The analog exhibition took place in the Moffitt Library of the University of California Berkeley from September 2017- January 2017. This revolution took place in October of 1917. This revolution was a social experiment that came to end with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. However, its repercussions are felt even one hundred years later. This revolution can be considered to be the last revolution in the series of revolts in the 19th century Russian Empire that began with the Decembrist uprising of 1825, followed by 1905 Russian Revolution, and finally the February 1917 revolution that led to the abdication of the Tsar Nicholas II. The Socialist Revolution that took place on 25 October (7 November 1917 new style calendar) was led by the Bolsheviks. It is thus often called as the Red October or Bolshevik Revolution in the West. It began in Petrograd (today's Saint Petersburg) and it eventually spread throughout the territories of Russian Empire. One must also note that the revolution took place while the Russian Empire was involved in the WWI.

For this exhibition, the curator chose three distinct yet interlinked themes. These themes are as follows, "Politics", "Propaganda" and "the People's Art." The analog part of this exhibition was curated by Dr. Liladhar R. Pendse with the help of Ms. Aisha Hamilton.

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