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The Bolshevik Revolution: Minority Coup d'etat or Revolutionary Democratic...
Tue 17 October 2017, 18:00 – 20:00 BST
The Bolshevik Revolution: Minority Coup d'etat or Revolutionary Democratic Uprising
There can be no more controversial event in modern history than the Bolshevik Revolution of October 1917. For the first time, an avowedly socialist party had come to power with truly radical goals and motivations. In his lecture Professor Kevin McDermott will outline the main events of 1917, summarise the three dominant interpretations of the Revolution in western historiography, and put forward the argument that the key to the Bolsheviks' success was their commitment to 'revolutionary democracy', which by autumn 1917 reflected the aims of large numbers of Russia's poor.
Professor Kevin McDermott is an expert on Eastern Europe and especially on the history of the Soviet Union and on communist Czechoslovakia. He has published numerous books and articles on East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Stalinism.
Refreshments served at 18:00pm. Lecture will begin at 18:30 prompt.