The October Revolution 1917

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19971024

Orlando Figes traces the crucial events of that fateful year from sites around St Petersburg, leading up to the actual day of revolution and its aftermath. Moving around the modern city, he finds that it is still possible to feel how `the slowest people on earth did the quickest thing in history'.

The Slowest People On Earth Did The Quickest Thing In History19971021

Looking ahead to this Friday's evening of programmes from St Petersburg, the historian Orlando Figes set the scene of the 1917 revolution in St Petersburg: the year when `the slowest people on earth did the quickest thing in history'.