In the one-hundred years since its occasion, the Russian Revolution of 1917 altered irrevocably perceptions of statehood, and (subsequently) of authoritarianism worldwide.

To mark the centenary of the 1917 Revolutions, The Language of ‘Authoritarian’ Regimes is seeking contributors to explore any aspect of the subject of 1917 in authoritarian discourse, or of authoritarian discourse associated with 1917 in other regimes. As with previous contributions, posts may relate to any period, geographical area, or discipline, but should retain a focus on ‘1917’ within the chosen context.

Topics for exploration might include (though obviously are not limited to)

  • Reconstructions of gender, race and/or class in Russia and beyond after 1917
  • Perceptions of the events of 1917 in a given place or context
  • Discourse behind the events of 1917 , its transmission, and responses to it globally
  • 1917 in retrospect


  • Generally, blog posts should adhere to the specifications for our usual posts, with regards to length, language and paragraphing.
  • Submissions should be accompanied by a small selection of relevant images (with permission and attribution info), and a short bio to follow your piece. Feel free to ask if you’re not sure about any of this!
  • Please email submissions to either, or Blogs are posted on a fortnightly basis and will be added to the posting schedule on a date agreed with the author.


Demonstration of Putilov women workers on the first day of the February Revolution of 1917

Image: See page for author [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons