The year 17. One hundred years later

Romanovskiy N.V.

Dr. Sci. (Hist.), Prof., Russian University for Humanities, Chief Researcher, Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Deputy Head Editor, Sociological Studies Journal, Moscow, Russia

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Romanovskiy N.V. The year 17. One hundred years later. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2017. No 8. P. 147-157


The paper discusses present-day feelings about 1917 revolutions and their significance as guides for public and media people, approaches to 1917 by contemporary Russian publics, politicians and political analysts as well as a phenomenon of today expectations in Russia. Recent revolutionary outbursts are shown as a trend of global developments in late XX — early XXI-st century. Writings both by Russian historians and sociologists of revolutions on 1917 are briefly reviewed. Impact of these revolutions on the history of Russia is stressed as well as that of civil war to play a role of lasting century-long trauma throwing its shadow over the whole of Russia’s XX century history and beyond. An outstanding place of P. Sorokin’s “Sociology of revolutions” is emphasized for the present-day thinking on revolutionary chances for the country. 1917 heritage is discussed in the light of Russian ideas which drove a significan part of country’s population towards socialist dreams in 1917 and ensuing struggles. This is arguably a chapter far from being closed for present-day Russia.

1917 revolution; scholarly writing on 1917 revolution; sociology of revolution; P.А. Sorokin; cultural traumas of Russia; The Great October socialist revolution

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