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Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths

British Library, London

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From the fall of Russia’s last Tsar to the rise of the first communist state, this definitive exhibition takes a fresh look at the Russian Revolution 100 years on. With rarely seen items from both sides of the conflict – from a first edition of the Communist Manifesto to anti-Bolshevik propaganda – this is a unique chance to understand the lesser-known personal stories behind the events that changed the world. Also on display for the first time, from the British Library’s own archive: Lenin’s handwritten application for a Reader Pass. Uniting the political and the personal, explore the Russian Revolution’s central characters, most notably Lenin and Trotsky, alongside the tales of ordinary people living through extraordinary times. Find out more about the ‘Russian Revolution’ exhibition from the British Library’s website.

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White Army Recruitment Poster, c. 1919. Courtesy of British Library Board

White Army Recruitment Poster, c. 1919. Courtesy of British Library Board

Red Army Poster. Courtesy of British Library Board

Red Army Poster. Courtesy of British Library Board

Novyi Satirikon (New Satiricon) (April 1917 cover). Courtesy of British Library Board

Novyi Satirikon (New Satiricon) (April 1917 cover). Courtesy of British Library Board

Nicholas II at the Ball in the Winter Palace, 1903. Courtesy of British Library Board.

Nicholas II at the Ball in the Winter Palace, 1903. Courtesy of British Library Board

Map of Russia and its Peoples designed by Nestor Terebenev, St Petersburg, 1869. Courtesy of British Library Board

Map of Russia and its Peoples designed by Nestor Terebenev, St Petersburg, 1869. Courtesy of British Library Board

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