1917 Revolution Reading List

 1917 Lenin addresses the crowd

To find out more about the period surrounding the 1917 Revolution, we asked professors Scott Kenworthy (religion), Steve Norris (history), and Ben Sutcliffe (russian) to give us a list of their "must reads." We list them below.


Babel, Isaak,  Red Cavalry (BS)

Bulgakov, Mikhail,  Heart of a Dog (SK)

Bulgakov, Mikhail, The White Guard (SK)

Dostoevsky, Fyodor, The Demons (BS)

Pasternak, Boris, Doctor Zhivago (SK, SN, BS)

Sholokhov, Mikhail, And Quiet Flows the Don (BS)

Slavnikova, Ol’ga, 2017: A Novel (BS)

Zamyatin, Evgeny,  We (SK, SN, BS)

Primary Historical

Daly, Jonathan and Leonid Trofimov (eds.), Russia in War and Revolution, 1914-1922: A Documentary History

Evlogy, Metropolitan, My Life's Journey: The Memoirs of Metropolitan Evlogy (SK)

Reed,John, Ten Days that Shook the World (SN)

Sukhanov, Nikolai, The Russian Revolution, 1917; A Personal Record (SK)

Trotsky, Leon, History of the Russian Revolution

Secondary Historical

Russian RevolutionFiges, Orlando, A People’s Tragedy (SN)

Holquist, Peter, Making War, Forging Revolution

Retish, Aaron, Russia’s Peasants in Revolution and Civil War

Smith, S. A., The Russian Revolution: A Very Short Introduction (SN)

Steinberg, Mark, The Russian Revolution, 1905-1921 (SN)

Steinberg, Mark, Voices of Revolution, 1917 (SN)

Stites, Richard, Revolutionary Dreams: Utopian Vision and Experimental Life in the Russian Revolution

Suny, Ronald (ed.), The Cambridge History of Russia: Volume III, The Twentieth Century