The Russian Revolution after 100 Years

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 06:30 PM


Kathleen Fitzpatrick Lecture Theatre
Arts West
University of Melbourne, VIC 3010
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On 25 October 1917, the Bolsheviks took power in Petrograd. For the following 74 years this date would mark one of the foundational events of global history: the establishment of the world's first socialist state. Red October inspired high hopes in some and terrible dread in others. For better and for worse it shaped the twentieth century in fundamental ways. But what does the revolution mean over a quarter century after the breakdown of the Soviet Union?

In this lecture, historian Mark Edele argues that in order to understand the significance of the Russian revolution today, we need to broaden our view well beyond the events in Petrograd in 1917. The October uprising was but one moment in a larger, violent process of destruction and reforging of empire. The results continue to shape the region, and indeed the world.

Professor Mark Edele is the inaugural Hansen Chair in History in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne, as well as an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. His latest book is Stalin's Defectors (Oxford University Press, 2017).

For full publication details, links to sources on Soviet history, and links to community engagement events please visit Professor Edele's website. Professor Edele is on Twitter as @EdeleMark.

The lecture is a free event, organised by the Faculty of Arts at The University of Melbourne. Please click HERE to register your attendance.

This event is co-hosted by the Australian Book Review.


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