2017 marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution, one of the great transformations of political belief. In his new book, The Russian Revolution, 1905-1921, University of Illinois historian Mark Steinberg gives a powerful sense of living through those turbulent times, drawing from public art, discourse on the streets and in the press, and literature ranging from worker poetry to Mayakovsky. Exploring inequality, power, resistance, justice, and ideas about possibility and the future, Steinberg talks about events in ways that speak to our times.
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Mark D. Steinberg teaches at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of many books on the Russian revolutionary era, including The Fall of the Romanovs: Political Dreams and Personal Struggles in a Time of Revolution (Yale 1995), Voices of Revolution, 1917 (Yale 2001), Proletarian Imagination: Self, Modernity, and the Sacred in Russia, 1910-1925(Cornell 2002), Petersburg Fin-de-Siecle (Yale, 2011), and The Russian Revolution, 1905-1921 (Oxford 2017). He is the co-author with the late Nicholas Riasanovsky of recent editions of A History of Russia (Oxford).