The Bolshevik State 1917-1924 pt2 | The History Faculty

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Podcast investigating why the Bolshevik state was the only attempt at a socialist revolution to survive in power in early twentieth-century Europe. Socialism itself was not an unpopular idea at this time of great turmoil, the consequence of World War One; there were attempts at Socialist government in Finland, Bavaria, Slovakia, and Hungary, and it was the Bolshevik hope that Socialism could be spread further through war, for example in the Soviet-Polish war of 1920. All these attempts, however, came to nothing; the chief aim of the Bolsheviks, that socialism would spread to Berlin, was not achieved. Why did Socialism not succeed elsewhere in Europe; why did it succeed in Russia, and why did Bolshevism survive?

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About Richard Marshall

Richard Marshall is studying for a doctorate in the literature of ancient Rome at Wadham College, Oxford, and is a tutor for Ancient History at St Benet’s Hall. In addition to Classics, he has a long-standing interest in the tactics and material culture of the British Army, especially of the period spanned by the Cardwell Reforms and First World War. He has a large collection of original uniform and equipment items used for teaching and research purposes, and is currently exploring the evolution of British military clothing and accoutrements in response to changes in fashion and warfare for eventual publication. He previously worked as a cataloguer for the Oxford University Great War Archive.
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