One hundred years ago today working people in war-torn Russia rose up against the hated tsarist autocracy. In late February 1917, strikes and demonstrations escalated into an uprising that clashed with — and eventually won over — the regime’s armed forces. Paradoxically, though the insurrection was led by a broad front of workers and socialists, a small group of liberals ended up in power.
How did the upheaval unfold? What was the role of the different parties? And why did a new revolution happen in October? To celebrate the centennial anniversary of the February Revolution, we’ve put together an introductory guide to this watershed event.