The October Russian Revolution - A reflection one hundred years on | 07.11.17

The October Russian Revolution – A reflection one hundred years on | 07.11.17

The October Russian Revolution – A reflection one hundred years on

Sponsored by the University of South Wales Humanities Research Institute

at the National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, Old Debating Chamber, 6.30pm,
Tuesday 7th November 2017

The speakers will address: ‘The Global Impact of the October Revolution of 1917’

Gleb J Albert (Zurich), ‘The Impact of the October Revolution’s Internationalism in Russia’

Ralf Hoffrogge (Berlin/Bochum), ‘The Impact of the October Revolution in Germany’

Rapporteur – Dr Norry LaPorte,
Reader in History, University of South Wales

The centenary of the Russian Revolution marks a major opportunity for reflection across the world as the global influence of 1917 is undisputed, not least as the origins of world’s first communist state. In Russia itself, however, there is uncertainty over how 1917 will be commemorated. Putin has agreed that it was too important to ignore, but it is clear that 1917 does not fit into the ‘useable’ past forged in Russia since 2000. The February Revolution is unpalatable as it championed western democratic values, whilst the October Revolution remains contentious as the source of the Soviet Union, whose legacy continues to divide Russians. In addition, the whole concept of revolution is feared after the ‘colour’ revolutions on Russia’s periphery across the last decade and the global impact of the Arab Spring.

In these talks, Dr Gleb J Albert will address the impact of the October Revolution and internationalism in Russia and Dr Ralf Hoffrogge will address the revolutions impact on Germany, where communism became a mass movement.

The talk will cover:

  • The October Revolution of 1917 as global revolution
  • The seminal impact of 1917 on global politics
  • Internationalism in Soviet Russia surrounding the October Revolution
  • The impact of the October Revolution on Germany
  • The legacy of 1917 in Russia’s relations with the wider world

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Image: Detail from The Bolshevik by Boris Kustodiev