We are happy to announce that we are publishing Alan Wood’s series on the Russian Revolution on our Marxist Voice podcast for the first time.
This six-part series was originally produced in 2017 to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution, the greatest event in human history.
In part three, Alan investigates the June Days. Lenin understood that despite the initial popularity of the Provisional Government, the bourgeois coalition would be unable and unwilling to meet the demands of the peasantry and proletariat of peace, land, and bread. As the temperature among the masses rose, the Bolsheviks; the only party to oppose the Provisional Government on the left; would go on to sink deep roots in the masses.
When the reformists in the Soviet went on to call a demonstration to show the strength of ‘democracy’, the majority of the 400,000 strong procession arrived carrying Bolshevik banners. The resulting fear of the ruling class would lead to the brutal clampdown of the July Days, which we will explore in next week’s episode.