The physical and political space of cities can be shaped from above or below, but few have had more revolutionary changes, first under the tsars, then the communists, than St Petersburg.
Russian revolutionary Nadezhda Krupskaya, like other leading women in the new Stalin-led state, was marginalised. But in her case, because she was Lenin's widow.
When push came to shove, Turkey's young Communist Party didn't get the unwavering support from Moscow it might have expected.
Two revolutions, 400 years apart, set in chain processes that claimed millions of lives.
Armando Iannucci plays fast and loose with history in his farce The Death of Stalin. But its depiction of the cult of personality that can develop around political leaders is bitingly relevant.
How a journalist from Nebraska chased the 'Soviet dream' all the way to Russia, only to be expelled on accusations of espionage.
Several key figures travelled to Soviet Russia in its early days to witness the socialist state in action.
Stephen Kerensky on why he thinks his grandfather's legacy has been so maligned.
It’s been 100 years since revolution swept through Russia and we have dedicated The Anthill 18 to this seminal moment in world history.
Four empires fell, a world was shaken, a new order arose – and the long 20th century really began.
If Rosa Luxemburg and her comrades had been successful with their German revolution in 1919, history would most probably have taken a very different course, avoiding the rise of fascism in Europe.
Sergei Rachmaninoff fled the Russian revolution 100 years ago. Spending the remainder of his life in the US, he composed what is perhaps his greatest work in 1940, the Symphonic Dances.
When women are remembered as part of the Communist or any other political tradition it's often as an afterthought, or as part of the support system of the revolution.
Radical political change is not something Putin wants to celebrate.
Alie Fataar exemplifies the type of teacher South Africa sorely requires today if its classrooms are to be used to develop a new generation of critical, engaged students.
How is Vladimir Putin - for whom uprisings are anathema - treating this year's centenary of the Russian revolution?
As the remains of the Tsar and Tsarina are exhumed, why their story continues to enthral.