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: