History@Newcastle 2017: ‘Violence, Emancipation and the 1917 Russian Revolutions.’

The first History@Newcastle seminar for 2017 will be held on Friday 10 March at 10am in the Cultural Collections Reading Room, Auchmuty Library. FREE Admission. All Welcome.

Violence, Emancipation and the 1917 Russian Revolutions.’

Roger Markwick
The University of Newcastle (Australia)

Roger Markwick

Roger Markwick

From their inception, the 1917 Russian revolutions, culminating in the October Revolution, have been synonymous with violence: Bolshevik violence in particular. In the course of the last century, whatever the sympathies of historians, politicians, or commentators, almost all have believed that violence was inherent in the Russian revolutions and revolutions generally, exemplified by Russia’s ensuing savage civil war (1918-1920). But such views have often been polemical and judgemental rather than analytical, especially during the Cold War. A more considered examination of the 1917 revolutions, including that of October, suggests violence was not their defining feature. But their violent reputations have overshadowed the emancipatory roots and thrust of the 1917 revolutions.
About the Speaker:
Roger Markwick is Professor of Modern European History, The University of Newcastle. Among his publications are Soviet Women on the Frontline in the Second World War (co-authored with Dr Euridice Charon Cardona), shortlisted for the 2013 NSW Premier’s History Awards, and Rewriting History in Soviet Russia: The Politics of Revisionist Historiography in the Soviet Union, 1956-1974, which won the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies’ Alexander Nove Prize in 2003. Roger Markwick is currently completing a research project, supported by an ARC Discovery Project grant, on Soviet women on the home front during the Second World War.

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History@Newcastle 2017 Programme

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