The Russian Revolution is truly inspirational. We should certainly celebrate, study and, above all, learn from it, says MARY DAVIS.
WHY and how should we mark or celebrate the centenary of the Russian Revolution? It is easy to see why many seemingly unlikely organisations are keen to get involved in a commercially exploitable event.
But for those of us who understand that the October Revolution marks the first time in human history that the majority class (workers and peasants) took and held state power, this centenary holds a special significance. Hence the way in which we commemorate it is quite different, ideologically, from that of the British Establishment and its cultural institutions.
Thus, Marx Memorial Library (MML) was pleased to receive a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project examining the impact of the Russian Revolution enabling us to project a Marxist vision of the event. This includes a travelling exhibition (currently on display at MML), a website, publications and lectures.