Project 1917 & The Russian Revolution


“As the centenary of Russia’s revolutions approaches, tens of thousands of Russians have been consuming these bits of the past through Project 1917, an “edutainment” initiative that recreates the
fateful year in the form of a social network. Posts draw from historical archives, letters and diaries. Users can access a stand-alone site or subscribe to updates on Facebook and VKontakte, the Russian equivalent; an English-language version will launch this month. The project is the brainchild of Mikhail Zygar, the former head of Dozhd (“Rain”), a liberal television network.” (The Economist, 2017, p.43).

“In 1917, two revolutions swept through Russia, ending centuries of imperial rule and setting in motion political and social changes that would lead to the formation of the Soviet Union. In March, growing civil unrest, coupled with chronic food shortages, erupted into open revolt, forcing the abdication of Nicholas II (1868-1918), the last Russian czar. Just months later, the newly installed provisional government was itself overthrown by the more radical Bolsheviks, led by Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924).” (History Channel, 2017).

References

The Economist (2017) Networking Revolution. The Economist. February 4th – 10th 2017.

History Channel (2017) Russian Revolution. Available from World Wide Web: http://www.history.com/topics/russian-revolution. [Accessed: 24 April, 2017].

http://www.pushkinhouse.org/project-1917/

https://project1917.com/

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