tOPICS

The nodal point of 1919 remains largely ignored, yet, it was in the crucible of the civil war through which the key features in the peculiar taxonomy of the Soviet state emerged (...). The bout of revolutionary organizational inventiveness performed under colossal pressure and during a compressed formative period is what really made the Soviet Union. It is also what has undone the even likelier historical alternative at the time-Russian fascis...

A European “grand revolution”, then, is a generalized revolt against an Old Regime. Moreover, such a transformation occurs only once in each national history, since it is also the founding event for the nation’s future “modernity”.