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History Russia & The Former Soviet Union

Revolutionary Aftereffects

Material, Social, and Cultural Legacies of 1917 in Russia Today

edited by Megan Swift

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
May 2022
Russia & the Former Soviet Union, Russian & Former Soviet Union, Eastern
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Thirty years after the fall of the Soviet Union, the 1917 Revolution still looms large: not only because Russians remain divided over whether the revolution arrived forcibly or inevitably and whether it was a colossally tragic or colossally generative event, but also because its social, cultural, scientific, and even moral residues remain everywhere in Putin’s Russia.


Revolutionary Aftereffects looks at the ways in which 1917 has been and continues to be commemorated in Russia. Although post-Soviet Russia has emphasized its complete break with the past, this study of the memorialization and legacy of 1917 explores a fundamental continuity underlying an apparent discourse of discontinuity in post-socialist Russia. Contributors provide insight into the continuing reverberations of the revolution from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including history and literary studies as well as heritage studies, anthropology, geography, and sociology. Collectively, these essays demonstrate the changing nature of the revolution’s memorialization in the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia and the ambivalence and contradictions within those narratives.

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Megan Swift is an associate professor in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria.

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