The Russian revolution in 1917 and its impact on Iceland

The Russian Revolution in 1917 is one of the most dramatic events of the 20th century and it had a profound influence on polit­ics around the world. It was a series of uprisings in Russi­a that first led to the collapse of the dictatorship of the Russian empero­­r, but then to the taking power of soviets under the contro­­l of the Bolsheviks.  The so-called October Revolution began in Tallinn on October 23, 1917, but two days later in St. Petersburg (October 25 or Novem­ber 7th according to our calendar). The reports in Iceland about the Russian revolutio­­n were at first very few, as World War I was in full swing.  On March 17, 1917, a brief report in Morgun­bladid revealed that the Russian emperor had dropped power and was a prisoner of the parlia­ment. On 20 March, there was a detailed article in the paper that discussed the revolution in Russia positively. The newspaper Visir said on November 8 that there were seriou­­s conflicts between the Russian government and “Maximalists” (Bolsheviks). A larger article appeared in the newspaper on Novembe­­r 10, which said that Bolsheviks had taken full power over telephones, news agencies, banks and other institutions, and Lenin had become a monarch. A small exhibition has been set up in the library about the Russian Revolution.

On baekur.is you can see Icelandic books connected to the Russian Revolution:

Ávarp til ungra alþýðumanna in the edition of Fjelag ungra kommúnista: 


Landsbankinn og bolchevisminn by Árni Árnason: 


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