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Red Petrograd: Revolution in the Factories, 1917-1918

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Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London

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Thursday 18 January 2018, 18:30

Red Petrograd: Revolution in the Factories, 1917-1918

Speaker: Steve Smith (University of Oxford)

When the Russian autocracy fell in February 1917, workers across Petrograd took it as a signal to begin democratizing every aspect of their lives, including their working lives. In this talk, Steve Smith revisits his classic book 'Red Petrograd', which vividly captured the creation, development, and expansion of the factory councils across the city.

This event marks the republication of Steve Smith's classic Red Petrograd by Haymarket Books. Copies will be available to purchase.

The book has also been republished in French: Pétrograd Rouge: La Révolution dans les usines (1917-1918) (Le Rove: Les Nuits Rouges, 2017).





Stephen Smith is Professor of History at the University of Oxford and Senior Research Fellow of All Souls College. Previously he taught history at the University of Essex (1977-2008) and the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (2008-12). He is author of Red Petrograd: Revolution in the Factories, 1917-1918 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983), The Russian Revolution: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002), and of a new history of the Russian revolution to be published by Oxford University Press in 2017. In addition to modern Russia, his research interests are modern China and comparative Communism. He is author of Like Cattle and Horses: Nationalism and Labor in Shanghai, 1895-1927 (Durham NC: Duke University Press, 2002) and A Road is Made: Communism in Shanghai, 1920–27 (Honolulu/Richmond, UK: Curzon Press/University of Hawaii Press, 2000), and also of Revolution and the People in Russia and China: A Comparative History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008) and The Oxford Handbook of the History of Communism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).


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