|Images from the British Library 's Russian Revolution exhibition brochure|
‘1917: The Nonviolent Russian Revolution’ with Milan Rai
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
The Russian Revolution started in Petrograd in February 1917 with a mass nonviolent uprising of women protesting against the lack of bread on International Women's Day, and continued through to the overthrow of the Provisional Government in October 1917 and the triumph of the Bolsheviks.
The role of mass nonviolent action - in the streets, in the factories, on the railways, and in the barracks - in the making of the revolution has never been properly emphasised. For example, the attempted coup by General Kornilov in August was defeated not by gunfire but by nonviolent action
The evening will include a critique of Neil Faulkner's A People's History of the Russian Revolution, paying attention to the way that Lenin and the Bolsheviks diminished and then crushed the grassroots workers' revolution of soviets and factory committees.
About the SpeakerMilan Rai is an anarchist and radical activist, editor at Peace News, and the author of ‘Chomsky's Politics’ (Verso, 1995) and ‘War Plan Iraq’ (Verso, 2002) among other books. He is currently working on ‘The Anarchist Reader’ for Verso.
The Festival of the Oppressed
How the Revolution was Lost
The Revolution and its Relevance Today
To book your place at this conference phone 020 7840 5600 or see the link here
[Updated summary timetable:
"There are many other events and conferences taking place across the UK (and obviously also internationally) to mark the centenary obviously - for example in Preston on 13-15 October, in London on 21 October, in Glasgow on 28 October, and again in London from 9-12 November."
Socialist History Society publication on 1917
Venue: Marx Memorial Library, Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R,
Start time 2.00pm.
Free to attend, all welcome.
Tobias Abse, Willie Thompson, David Morgan, Greta Sykes, Francis King and John Partington.
- Evaluating the lessons of October, including their British resonance by Willie Thompson
- Against ‘vacillation, lies and rottenness’: the Russian revolution and the rift in world socialism by Francis King
- 1917’s Several Lenins by Mike Makin-Waite
- ‘What they can do in Russia, so can we’: the impact of the Russian Revolutions of 1917 in Germany by Helen Boak
- Italy and the Russian Revolution of 1917 by Tobias Abse
- Clara Zetkin on the Soviet Experiment, 1917-1934 by John S Partington
- Secular Ecstasies and the Revolutionary Women Poets in 1917 by Greta Sykes
- Psychoanalysis and Revolution: Sigmund Freud and his circle from fin-de-siècle Vienna to revolutionary Russia by David Morgan
|Keir Hardie |
as portrayed by Sylvia Pankhurst
Wednesday 8 November | 19:00 - 20:30
£11, £7 concession
"There were two revolutions in Russia in 1917. One saw the abdication of a centuries-old dynasty, the other a seizure of power by one faction of a resistance movement many decades in the making. At this special evening event, discover the big ideas, pivotal events and key players that led up to the seismic moments in history of 1917, and find out what happened next. Hosted by Russianist Francesca Canty."
All talks are on Thursdays at 6.30 pm, Birkbeck, Univ. of London, WC1B 5DQ.
Monday November 13th
Christian Hogsbjerg, 'Every Cook Can Govern': C.L.R James and the Russian Revolution’
A people’s history of the Russian Revolution
Full details at www.wcml.org.uk/events
More from WCML:
Voices of revolution exhibition opens
Salford Arts Theatre, Kemsing Walk, Tunbridge Square, off Liverpool Street, Salford M5 4BS. More information from 0161 925 0111; email@example.com.
Peace History Conference (Manchester/Salford): 1917
103 Ealing Broadway Centre, London W5 5JY
6.15 p.m. Tuesday 7th November
£3 Library members, £5 non-members. Advance booking required.
"The 1917 upheavals in Russia were a global phenomenon both in 197 and afterwards. This talk looks at local reactions to events in Russia and the support locally for Communism."
|CP Propaganda van somewhere in Britain 1921|
Not to mention the BBC...
"In August 1903, a small band of dedicated but argumentative political activists held a fractious conference in London. It consisted of Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky and about 50 other committed agitators who wanted to overthrow the autocratic rule of the Russian Tsar. Their quarrels might have seemed minor at the time, but they have rippled out across history. This was when the Russian revolutionary movement divided into the two rival factions of Bolsheviks and Mensheviks. And a key vote happened in a pub in Islington." [...]
"It was in London, in October 1902, that Lenin and Trotsky met for the first time. The pair discussed the political circumstances of Russia, but Lenin also showed Trotsky the sights of London."
The related programme is worth listening to: "Lucy Ash tells the story of the forgotten war fought by Western troops in Arctic Russia in The Red and the White, on the BBC World Service. Click here for transmission times, or to listen online".
Previously on this blog:
|From the British Library 's Russian Revolution exhibition brochure|
(Picture credit: Sputnik)