How has scholarly understanding of Russian Revolution and of revolution in general changed over the last three decades? How the new source-material which became available since the fall of the Soviet Union has changed the basic interpretations of this event and its aftermaths? Has it affected some pivotal questions such as the possible alternatives existing to the the revolutionary outburst of 1917, the degree of violence and coercion inherent to the original spirit of Bolshevism, the continuity or discontinuity between Bolshevism and Stalinism? Three well known scholars, Laura Engelstein, Silvio Pons and Stephen A. Smith answer these and other questions.
Keywords: Russian Revolution, Bolshevism, Stalinism, Violence, Historiography