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In The Nature of Revolution, Carleton Beals wrote, ‘Like birth and death, revolution is violent change. Mostly an ugly process, it wears the visage of hope for a better, juster (sic) world, to achieve for which no sacrifice is too great.’1 Revolution arises out of a hope for human perfection, and out of the belief that with determination and faith, Utopia is possible.2 In the case of Russia after 1917, those who desired change had a formidable task before them. A wealthy élite had, prior to the revolution, sat atop a giant festering mass of humanity which was growing increasingly aware of its own discontent. This discontent gathered itself and exploded, manifesting in the youthful revolutionary generation of 1917.