All Russia celebrated the anniversary of history's greatest social revolution this week. It was the most important of the 27 anniversaries that have been solemnized thus far. For the first time since Lenin opened the first session of the Supreme Soviet (and a new chapter in human history) with the casual words: "We shall now proceed with the organization of the socialist state," Russia had ceased to be a defensive power. It had passed over to the offensive. In retrospect it was clear that the revolution was the most important fact of World War I. Russia's emergence as...

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