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|About||A monthly series of talks throughout 2016 and 2017 marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution.|
SOCIAL HISTORIES OF THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION is a year-long series of monthly talks timed to mark the centenary of the Russian revolutions of 1917.
Each discussion will be opened by scholars who have spent extensive time studying the revolution in the Russian archives. But these are not ordinary academic seminars – they are open to all who share our interest in the history of the Russian revolution as a landmark struggle for social liberation. At each discussion there will be an opening talk of about 30 minutes, followed by open debate.
The emphasis in the discussion meetings will be on the social histories of the revolution – that is, how it was experienced by the mass of working people who participated.
By taking this approach we aim not to brush aside the role of political leaders, and their disputes and decisions, but rather to move beyond these well-known debates and reach a deeper understanding of the revolution as the active participation of millions of people in changing history.
We hope that over the course of the series we will be able collectively to engage in serious thinking and re-thinking about the revolution and its significance for our past and present.
Brendan McGeever (Birkbeck)
Simon Pirani (Oxford)