The Russian Revolution in tweets: #1917LIVE history role-play now a book & you can download a copy
A massive historical re-enactment of the Russian Revolution on Twitter in 2017 is now an interactive printed book. Anyone interested can get a copy from a new website promoting the book which has just gone online.
In 2017 RT launched #1917LIVE – a social media project about one of the most intense moments in Russian history – the Revolution of 1917. Anyone could join on Twitter by creating a digital avatar of an existing historical figure and posting historically accurate (albeit sometimes cheeky) tweets under the hashtags #1917LIVE and #1917CROWD.
A year and over 7,000 tweets later, the team turned this unique online storytelling event into a book. The printed editions main goal is to give students and educators an innovative approach to studying a complex subject.
The book is a one-off experiment because, apart from the dynamic Twitter-style retelling of the Russian Revolution, you can interact with it. Printed pages, photos, tweets – will come to life if you scan a QR code with your smartphone where you see one.
A digital version of the print edition is available on the books official website HERE. But most importantly, if you are studying or teaching and can provide a valid reason why you need a copy of the book – contact the team via the website to get a free copy sent to you.
This summer follow the teams new project #Romanovs100 – a recount of Russias last reigning family through their private photos. Up to 4000 photos from their private archives (the Romanovs were keen photo-enthusiasts) are set to be released until mid-summer.