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A Workers' State without Workers?
100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution: research, collections and events at IISH. The Russian Revolution of October 1917...
Uitverkochte première Bouwen te midden van Eenzaamheid
Dinsdag 24 oktober, één dag voor het honderdjarig jubileum van de Russische revolutie (oude Russische kalender), vond in EYE...
Report Iran and the Russian Revolution: Archives and Stories
On 28th of September a very special event took place at IISH. The 1917 Russian Revolution is frequently looked at from a Western...
Looking for the Good Life in the Workers’ Paradise
100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution: research, collections and events at IISH. Revolutions are about happiness, or rather...
Russische IJzervreters 3: The Last Limousine
19.30 uurHonderd jaar na de Russische revolutie, vijfentwintig jaar na de ineenstorting van de Sovjet-Unie, geven de Balie en het...
Russische IJzervreters 2: Gatherers of Sea Grass
Tijd: 19.30 uurHonderd jaar na de Russische revolutie, vijfentwintig jaar na de ineenstorting van de Sovjet-Unie, geven de Balie...
Russische IJzervreters 1: Grumant: Island of Communism & 31st Haul
19.30 uurHonderd jaar na de Russische revolutie, vijfentwintig jaar na de ineenstorting van de Sovjet-Unie, geven de Balie en het...
Popup Cinema QRU: 'Moslimmigranten in Moskou'
Dinsdag 26 september organiseren QRU en het Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis (IISG) een Russische filmavond...
Event: Iran and the Russian Revolution in Archive and Storytelling
Time: 16:00What: The 1917 Russian Revolution is frequently looked at from a Western perspective. Hundred years after the...
School Experiment Fails
In May 1921 an Amsterdam schoolteacher, Jan Ceton, went to Soviet Russia to carry out research. As a communist, Ceton was...
“Arrived in Kolyma in Good Health”
The Dutch engineer Wim de Wit sympathized with the Russian Revolution and moved to the Soviet Union in the 1920s to help in...
Exhibition ‘Together and Apart. The Family in Russia in the Twentieth Century’
‘Together and Apart’ is an exhibition about the family in Russia’s turbulent twentieth century. It has been on show at venues in...
Revolution and Reality. The Family in Russia in the Twentieth Century
100th anniversary of the Russian revolution:research, collections and events at IISHThe Bolsheviks, who came to power in Russia...
Sweet Memories
Three Russian social democrats in exile share sweet memories in a park in Berlin ten years after the October Revolution.Left:...
International Women's Day in Russia
Childcare, canteens and laundries enable women to participate fully in the construction of socialism.For nearly a century now,...
Rural Doctor Disgusted by Peasants
On this  day, Lydia Kochetkova was appointed as a propagandist for the Russian Socialist-Revolutionary Party. She had to...
Babushka of the Revolution
Yekaterina Breshko-Breshkovskaia  was one of the founders of the Socialist-Revolutionary Party (PSR) and its Combat Organization...
Lone Wolf?
Stepan Balmashev (1881-1902), son of a political exile from Arkhangelsk, got radicalised as a student at the University of Kiev....
Political terrorism
Political terrorism was an important weapon in the struggle for the socialist-revolutionaries. This harked back to the tradition...
Who lost the Russian Revolution?
100th anniversary of the Russian revolution:research, collections and events at IISH The Russian revolution of 1917 and the...
The Russian Revolution at IISH
Button (Collection IISH) In the year 2017, hundred years after the Russian revolution, the International Institute of Social...
Lezing: Russische Revolutie in de Polder: 'Bolschewikkies' in de Kipstraat
Start: 14.00 uurBegin 1918 sloeg een man in de Rotterdamse Kipstraat de ruiten in bij de lokale middenstand, onder de uitroep: “...
Lezing: Revolutie en realiteit. Het Russische gezin in de twintigste eeuw
Start 14.00 uurLezing door Gijs KesslerDe Russische revolutie van 1917 opent de aanval op het gezin. De nieuwe machthebbers zien...
Street Art
The Russian Revolution opened up new windows on art."Henceforward, together with the destruction of the tsarist order, art will...
Wim de Wit: A Dutch engineer in the Soviet Union during the Stalin era
In spring 2016 the Institute received from de Wit’s family a useful addition of 0.25 m. to the Wim de Wit archive. Wim de Wit was...
Andrei Sokolov, 1941 - 2015
On 13 September 2015 Professor Doctor Andrei Sokolov passed away in Moscow. A prominent labour and social historian, and a...
Revolutionary Author under the Tsar
In May 2015 the IISH received the modest but interesting papers of Nikolaj Vasilévič Šelgunov and several of his relatives. The...
Russian Historical Statistics Online
IISH has launched, together with the New Economic School (Moscow) and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Studies in History,...
IISH Exhibition 'Together and Apart' in Vladivostok
On 6 March the IISH exhibition Together and Apart. The Urban Family in Russia in the Twentieth Century opened its doors in the...
Laureates
The most prestigious and seldom awarded title for artists in the Stalin era was People's Artist of the Soviet Union. The second...
Educational Publishers in 19th Century Russia
Posrednik and Svobodnoe SlovoThose who were not, like the Narodniki, directly concerned with spurring the Russian people to...
IISH Exhibition in Saint Petersburg
On 18 September 2014 the exhibition "Together and Apart. The Urban Family in Russia in the 20th century" opened its doors in the...
Crimean Tatars
Hardships in the Crimea did not end with the official termination of the  Crimean War on 30 March 1856. Throughout the peninsula...
Liquidation of Unemployment
On October 20, 1930, the Central Committee of the CPSU officially announced 'the full liquidation of unemployment in the Soviet...
Supervise the Supervisors
On 11 December 1783, the Russian Prince Grigorii Potemkin had a rendez-vous with the English entrepreneur Samuel Bentham. The...
Liquidation of the Kulaks
On 27 December 1929 Stalin officially announced the forthcoming 'liquidation of the Kulaks as a Class'. Dekulakization consisted...
Strike Epidemic
Russia's 1905 Revolution was also a strike epidemic. In unprecendented numbers, workers in all sectors of the economy walked off...
Alexander Herzen back in Moscow
In the brandnew Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow, a highlight from the collections of the IISH is on show: the...
Masked Ball
Russian expatriates active in the Socialist-Revolutionary Party (Partija Socialistov Revoljucionerov) organized a masked ball and...
Propagandist and Assassin
On August 4, 1878 the Russian anarchist and nihilist Sergei Stepniak-Kravchinskii assassinated Nikolai Mezentsov, the head of...
Workers International Relief
Workers International Relief (WIR) was created on the initiative of the German communist Willi Münzenberg on September 12, 1921...
Siberia, Penal Colony of Russia
On 21 June 1906, the socialist-revolutionary activist Marja Spiridonova and five of her companions were deported from Moscow to...
Serfdom Abolished
In an 'Emancipation Manifesto' dated 3 March 1861, Czar Alexander II of Russia officially abolished serfdom in the Russian Empire...
Ideals and Hardships in Siberia
In the 1920s the Dutch architect Han van Loghem and his wife Berthe Neumeijer traveled  to the Soviet Union, where they settled...
Hero of Labour
Alexey Stakhanov (1906-1977), a Russian miner achieving incredibly high production figures, was reported to have set a new record...
Dutch in Russia, Russians in the Netherlands
Online exhibitions in recognition of the Netherlands-Russia yearDutch entrepreneurs in 1920s Russia, Russian refugees in the...
Life in Russia
As of 17 November, the Drents Museum in Assen (the Netherlands) features the exhibition ‘Together and Apart - the Family in...
Rotten Meat on the Potemkin
Not the socialist ideal, but rotten meat triggered the mutiny of the crew of the Russian battleship Potemkin on June 14, 1905....
Russian Pows in Japan
Chokugen, 'the sole publication of the Japanese socialists' was stored in Russia before it came to the IISH. This issue dates...
First Man in Space
On 12 April 1961 the Soviet Union was the first to send a man into space: Yuri Gagarin. Congratulations from all parts of the...
Archway for the Czar
More than a million Russians have already perished in the Great War when the February Revolution of 1917 terminates czar Nicolas...
Stalin Opens White Sea Canal
On 2 August 1933, the "White Sea Canal" or "Belomorkanal" was officially opened. It is a vital link between St. Petersburg (...
Funeral March
Many people came to bury Russia's internationally known anarchist Peter Kropotkin on 13 February 1921. The burial committee had...
Russians sail to Canada
Doukhobors – literally 'spirit wrestlers' - belonged to a Russian religious sect that was severely persecuted by the church and...
An Early Pravda
The Pravda "Workers paper" started in Petersburg in 1912, and following many name changes developed into the central organ of the...
Writers Support Writers
The Dutch writer Karel van het Reve established the Alexander Herzen Foundation in 1969 to publish manuscripts from dissident...
Amnesty International
An important part of Amnesty International's work is to inform the news media. People who themselves have a history of political...
Russian Triumph during the Great War
Germany declares war on Russia on 1 August 1914. Within two weeks an extensive military confrontation between the Russians and...
No War Against a Nightmare
Tensions arose between Great Britain and Russia during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878. Russia had gained increasing influence...
International Children's Day
International Children's Day had its origin in the `World Conference for the Well Being of Children', held in Geneva, Switzerland...
Chernobyl Closed
An official ceremony was held on 15 December 2000 to celebrate the closing of the nuclear power plant Chernobyl. Researching...
Famine in Russia
A famine in Russia and Ukraine began in the summer of 1921 and was at its worst the following winter, with five million...
A Centenary of Marxism
On September 14th 1967, the Dutch writer Karel van het Reve sent a picture postcard to the librarian of the IISH, showing the...
Don't Shoot!
Armoured cars and tanks surrounded the most important government buildings in Moscow on 19 August 1991. President Mikhail...
Christmas on New Year's Eve
After the 1917 revolution, the traditional Christmas celebration was removed to New Year's Eve in the Soviet Union. The New Year...
Moscow without Masks
Artist Georges Rémi (Hergé) had not visited the Soviet-Union when he published the story of Tintin in the Soviet Union on 10...
Around the Winter Palace
The demonstration in Saint Petersburg on 22 January 1905 had been duly announced beforehand. Priest George Gapon, who tried to...
A Russian in Japan
On 8 February 1904 the Japanese attacked the Russian fleet in southern Manchuria, beginning the Russo-Japanese War.Many letters...
Rumours about Kronstadt
Rumours about disturbances reached the American anarchist Alexander Berkman during his stay in Russia. These disturbances mark...
Winning Mood
During the Russian parliamentary elections of 12 December 1993, Vladimir Zhirinovsky had an overwhelming success. His Liberal...
Tentoonstelling: Samen en Alleen. Leven in Rusland van 1900 tot nu
Een tentoonstelling in het Drents Museum, georganiseerd in samenwerking met het IISG.Er staan vier thema’s centraal :...
Soviet Children's Picture Books from the Twenties and Thirties
The IISH houses a rich collection of manuscripts, books and pamphlets documenting the social and political history of Russia and...
Russian Independent Press
The IISH has brought together a large collection of Russian periodicals from the late eighties of the twentieth century.The...
Images of Lenin
Lenin and his followers always had a supreme understanding of the power of images. Only a few months after they came to power in...
Kropotkin's Funeral
The funeral of the famous anarchist Peter Kropotkin in Moscow on 13 February 1921 grew into a monumental demonstration. This was...
Embedded in the Russian Army, 1915
The Dutch journalist Louis Grondijs (1878-1961) was embedded in the army of the Russian czar in 1915. As soon as the First World...
Zvukovye Pis'ma - Musical Mail
The Institute holds a small collection of extraordinary Russian sound documents: zvukovye pis'ma, or musical letters. They were...
Belomorkanal
 On 2 August 1933, the 'White Sea-Baltic Canal in the name of Stalin' was officially opened. In Russian the canal is called the...
Emma Goldman
In September 1895 a "very dangerous anarchist woman from New York" was searched by the Amsterdam police.This woman was Emma...
Postcolonial Migrants and Identity Politics
These transfers of sovereignty resulted in extensive, unforeseen movements of citizens and subjects to their former countries....
Soviet Education 1921
Three Dutch schoolteachers took a research trip to Soviet Russia in May 1921 and took many pictures.As communists they were...
O.R.T. : Gezelshaft tsu farshpreyten handverkeray un landvirtshaft tsvishn iden in rusland
During the Interbellum, the ORT established vocational schools in Poland and the Baltic States and in a few cities of the Soviet-...
Emigrant Aid Societies ORT and OSE
Click to see an enlarged picture, additional information and following pages if availableORT : Organization for Rehabilitation...
A. Berkman, Der Kronshtater oyfshtand
A protest against the repression of the revolt of the Russian sailors by the Bolshevik authorities in Leningrad in 1921.  From...
P. Kropotkin, Gesets un oytoritet
One of the many examples of 'classic' anarchist texts translated into Yiddish. 
Kamf un kemfer
The Russian Social Revolutionary Party in exile in Londen also tried to gain members among the Jewish workers of the immigrant...
Di Geheymnise fun Rusishen kayzerlikhen hof
Report of the Imperial Court of Russia. The story of the attempt on Tsar Aleander II life in 1882.
Political exiles
A group of political exiles, amongst them nine Bundists, in exile in Yakutsk, Siberia.
Di geshikhte fun der idisher arbeyter bevegung in rusland un poylen
 First page of the brochure and list of publictions. At the end of most pamphlets the Bund and the Jewish anarchists published a...
The Bund in pictures
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Campaign against Psychiatric Abuse
The Campaign against Psychiatric Abuse (CAPA), British section of the Geneva initiating committee against abuses of psychiatry...
Nadja Strasser
In 2011 the IISH acquired with help of the Friends of the IISH an original typescript (176 pp.) by Nadja Strasser (1871-1955)....
Anarchists and Democrats in Russia
The Democratic Movement in Russia, 1985-2005 Collection is a personal collection of Aleksandr Ermakov, activist in the democratic...
Dutch Expats in the Ukraine
In the beginning of the 20th century, Dutch expats worked and lived in Stoupky (now Artemovsk), Ukraine, near the Peter the Great...
Sredi knig
Title page of the IISH copy of Sredi knig (Among the books), St. Petersburg, 1906, with dedication from the author to the library...
The Chairman Smiles
The former Soviet Union, Cuba, and China: three countries where posters played an important political role and received a large...
Russian ROSTA posters
OKNA ROSTA posters, also known as ROSTA, were designed between late 1919 and late 1921 during and immediately after the Russian...
Miklos Kun Library
The Institute received this library collection (approximately 2500 items) from the well-known Hungarian historian Miklos Kun who...
The Libraries of Boris Sapir and David Batser
In the course of 2001, two private libraries were added to the Russian collections at the Institute. The original owners were...
Birobidzhan 1934-1940
Birobidzhan 1934-1940, A Soviet Jewish homeland. Nearly every archive that arrives at the IISH contains a small surprise. Among...
Yiddish Collection Guide
The IISH has a unique and manifold collection of Yiddish material consisting of books, brochures, periodicals and pamphlets of...
Russia and Eastern Europe Collection Guide
In the Russian and Eastern Europe collections at the IISH, Russia and the former USSR are dominant. Additional collection...
Western Marxism and the Soviet Union
The "Russian Question" was an absolutely central problem for Marxism in the twentieth century. Numerous attempts were made to...
Research project in Russia
The third consecutive IISH research project in Russia was launched this weekend with its first workshop, which was held in Moscow...
Private Life in Russia 1900-2000
The SNS REAAL Fund awarded a generous grant to initiate an international exhibition project on Russia in the twentieth century....
Patricia Grimsted Honoured
During the 2002 National Convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies in Pittsburgh, PA, Patricia...
GULAG Press on Microfiche
The GULAG Press, containing "news" bulletins, posters, literary journals, albums and booklets, has been neglected by historians...
Rare Book Restituted
Ms Lija I. L'vova, Director of the Gosudarstvennaia Obshchestvenno-Politicheskaia Biblioteka (GOPB, Socio-Political State Library...
Bakunin Collected
On September 16, 2000, the Institute presented Mikhail Bakunin's Oeuvres complètes on a CD-ROM containing all known texts written...
Labour History of Russia and the Soviet Union: Work in Progress
The conference brought together specialists on Russian and Soviet labour history from North America, Western and Eastern Europe,...
Russia, Archives and Restitution
Queen Beatrix's state visit to Russia in June 2001 provided an impetus for dealing with the restitution of archival materials...
Work, Income and the State in Russia and the Soviet Union, 1900-2000
Taking the household or the family as the central unit of analysis the project studies income earning strategies of the non-...
Social and Economic Agency and the Cultural Heritage of the Soviet Past
Social norms and practices, mentalities and attitudes inherited from the Soviet period are commonly perceived as important, yet...
Russian Historical Statistics
The aim of the project is to create an on-line electronic repository of Russian historical statistics. The repository operates on...
The Alexander Herzen Foundation against censorship in the Soviet Union
...any citizen of any country should have under any circumstances at any time the possibility of expressing any opinion'. Karel...
Der Moskauer Prozeß 1936
In der Geschichte der Sowjetunion steht der Moskauer Schauprozeß von 1936 für den Beginn der stalinistischen Säuberungswelle. Mit...
Fedor I. Dan und Otto Bauer
Die Edition umfasst wesentliche Teile eines Briefwechsels zwischen dem russischen Exilsozialisten Fedor I. Dan (1871 - 1947) und...
Der verspielte Sieg
Nach wie vor schlummern in Moskauer Archiven viele unbekannte Dokumente. Eine Reihe von ihnen hat Frank Schauff erstmals...
Revolution and Counterrevolution
Why did the most unruly proletariat of the Twentieth Century come to tolerate the ascendancy of a political and economic system...
A Dream Deferred
This volume brings together the latest work in Russian labour history, based on exciting materials from previously closed...
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