Christopher Hitchens discussing the revolutionary, Leon Trotsky on the BBC Radio 4 show “Great Lives”, hosted by Matthew Parris. Historian Robert Service is also present to add to the discussion.
Overview. The Russian Revolution took place in 1917, during the final phase of World War I. It removed Russia from the war and brought about the transformation of the Russian Empire into the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), replacing Russia’s traditional monarchy with the world’s first Communist state.