Women in Red : Tate Modern : London

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I was just browsing a very small history of the Russian Revolution …… well a very small a promo prior to publication of the real book by Orlando Figes published by Pelican …….. Even in the opening lines it was surprising to me…….. When did the Russian Revolution begin and end ? Did it begin and end in 1917 ? Some might say it ended in 1921 with the ending of the Civil War when armed opposition to the Bolsheviks was defeated. Others might say 1924 with the death of Lenin ….. others 1927 with the defeat of Trotsky and the left opposition …… some might say 1929, with the onset of a different kind of revolutionary upheaval, forced industrialization and collectivization of the first 5 year plan. what about with the beginning or ending of the great Terror 1937 to 1938 …… What about the beginning of the Second World War……… but the revolution strengthened and intensified through its military discipline and cult of sacrifice……… the command economy was made for a fighting war………. The revolution was in many ways designed for war………… What about the Cold War? Anyway the author goes on even talking about the revolutionary expansion that was the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan …….. Basically arguing until the end all the leaders thought they were continuing the revolution Lenin had begun………. It only ended in 1991 with the collapse of The Soviet State……… interesting…….. Orlando Figes even argues the revolutionary cycle begins in 1891 when the public’s reaction to the famine crisis set it for the first time on a collision course with autocracy…….. So the Russian Revolution ………. He has it as a 100 year revolutionary cycle…….. Not an event in 1917? Interesting right ??? ………. It struck me as a great book I must get the whole thing to read on a plane if it’s not as heavy as ‘War and Peace’ ………:-))))))))

OK Im going slightly off my head……. I’ve been static for far too long ………. So I’m rolling to airport tomorrow…….. er……. today actually…….. flyin to see Matt and shoot a big job in the mighty ATL :-)))))))))))))))) XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Cheers Jez XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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[ 8 ] comments

  • This image is revolting, well one of the women is in revolt 🙂

    kathy K @ February 3, 2014, 3:57 am

  • Well revolting is a little strong ……. hehehehe………. :-))))))))))) XXXXXX

    jezblog Atlanta :-))))) XXXXX @ February 4, 2014, 9:51 am

  • What are you talking about, have you been drinking ?…and why is that girl taking off her undewear, lol ?

    Harv.! @ February 3, 2014, 1:38 pm

  • Чижик-пыжик, где ты был?
    На Фонтанке водку пил.
    Выпил рюмку, выпил две —
    Зашумело в голове.Chizhik-Pyzhik, where have you been
    Drank vodka on the Fontanka
    Took a shot, took another –
    Got a headache

    Chizhik-Pyzhik, gdje ty byl?
    Na fontankje vodku pil.
    Vypil rjumku, vypil dvje –
    Zashumjelo v golovje.

    which I believe succintly explains it all

    Cheers Comrade :-)))) hehehehe


    jezblog Atlanta :-))))) XXXXX @ February 4, 2014, 9:49 am

  • The counter- revolution in Russia proceeded through the Bolsheviks own ranks and in three stages I think Jez: first, after the civil war of the white armies – there was to be no opposition within the country. Secondly no opposition was allowed within the party and thirdly the decision to rule in the name of, not by, the working class. The “Great Patriotic War” finished the job with nationalism & the cult of the “Great Leader”. Mind you nationalism and the state management of capital was common across much of the world in the post WW2 period.. cheers John

    John Harris @ February 3, 2014, 3:05 pm

  • Sounds about right to me John……. It takes me back to think in detail about events in revolutionary Russia …….its been a while ……. I was shocked the first time I ever talked to Trots as a kid ……… they were very interested in analysis of this history ……. and their interpretation of it critical to their current politics…… i was frankly amazed by this ……. but very interested still ……. but did not really think a precise detailed understanding could be projected on to the politics of Britain in modern times ……. but of course it remains an amazing event that did alter the politics of the whole world from then on and for the next century at least……. and it definetly still warrents close consideration with historical lessons for all who take the time to be informed.Cheers mate Jez XXXXXXXXXX

    jezblog Atlanta :-))))) XXXXX @ February 4, 2014, 9:46 am

  • Thats a bit mean telling the young lady in your picture that where she`s looking isnt a wall, but, a new type of mirror!!…Hope all is well Bro..Have fun in the Big A….tlanta, that is…xx

    PaulS @ February 3, 2014, 3:42 pm

  • Its an odd one this kinda proving the you don’t know what your looking for till you see it hehehe……. who woulda guessed she would suddenly start fixing her clothes in the gallery with the other woman in red right there :-))))))))) hehehe……. :-))))))))) Hope all is good bro :-)))))))))Cheers Jez XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    jezblog Atlanta :-))))) XXXXX @ February 4, 2014, 9:57 am

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