Saturday, 25 March 2017
The History Of The Russian Revolution by Leon Trotsky
Ten Days That Shook The World by John Reed
Fiction by HG Wells
The Shape Of Things To Come
The World Set Free
By Robert Heinlein
Revolt In 2100
The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress
By Poul Anderson
The People Of The Wind
The Day Of Their Return
The Game Of Empire
Of these works, the historical, Wellsian and Heinleinian volumes describe completed revolutions although the Russian Revolution was soon reversed. Its purpose had not been to replace one dictator with another.
Trotsky and Reed describe mass movements with high hopes, not yet realized. Wells' fictional revolutions are historical turning points that remake the world. Heinlein's Second American Revolution leads to the Covenant, then, after further social troubles, to the first mature civilization.
Anderson captures the danger and excitement of living in troubled times:
the mass mobilization of the Avalonian population;
the militant Messianism on Aeneas;
the hopes raised, then dashed, by the Magnusson Rebellion.