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1917. Free History

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Tsar Nicholas II, Vladimir Lenin, and Grigori Rasputin had access to social media during the Russian Revolution of 1917? A team of Russian writers, artists, and software developers, with the support from the State Archive of Russian Federation, the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art, and a number of other museums and institutions, have endeavored to do just that with 1917. Free History. This project explores the tumultuous events of 1917 through a series of imaginary social media accounts that feature actual archival material authored by key players in the revolution. Each day, the website is updated with a series of posts that include the content of letters, artwork, and news items from exactly a century ago. (For example, if you visit this website on February 24, 2017, you will see items from February 24, 1917). On February 17, Paul Klee posts his painting "Wanderer-birds," Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich pens a letter to Nicholas II, and Lenin rails about "[w]hat a swine Trotsky is." Facebook users may share these updates on their own newsfeeds, creating a unique way for individuals today to engage with history. This website is translated into English courtesy of the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute.
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February 24th, 2017
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February 23rd, 2017 at 12:06pm
Date Of Record Release
February 23rd, 2017 at 3:56pm
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