About this day
For A-level and IB students
An invaluable opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the fascinating world of Russian history
This popular and exciting day will appeal to all A-level students studying Russian history, with a focus on the period 1894 – 1964. World-class historians and outstanding communicators will present stimulating and relevant talks which are sure to inspire, inform and entertain. Topics will cover the end of Romonov rule and the Revolutions to communist government under Lenin through to the Stalin era. This year we are delighted to announce that the day will also feature a session on Khrushchev, exploring reform and de-Stalinisation. The day will include an examination session providing first-hand guidance and insights to help boost students’ confidence and grades. Dr Robin Bunce from the University of Cambridge will chair the day. Two more speakers and further details on this programme to follow.
Programme & speakers
Khrushchev, Reform and De-Stalinisation Richard Sakwa, University of Kent
In his decade of rule between Stalin’s death in March 1953 and his ouster in October 1964, Nikita Khrushchev grappled with the legacy of Lenin and Stalin, and sought to transform the Soviet Union into a dynamic, modernising society that could compete with the West. He believed that the Soviet Union could create what is called an ‘alternative modernity’, fulfilling the potential of Western modernity but without its alleged downsides, above all capitalist exploitation. This was a vision of ‘reform socialism’, and it was an agenda to which Mikhail Gorbachev returned during perestroika in the late 1980s. In the event, Khrushchev failed to devise an adequate programme of reform, and the Stalin question remains unanswered.
About Richard Sakwa
Professor Richard Sakwa is Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House. He has published widely.
The 1917 revolutions and the role of the Provisional government George Gilbert, University of Southampton
Talk details to follow
About George Gilbert
Dr George Gilbert is a Lecturer in Modern Russian History at the University of Southampton. He specialises in modern European and world history, specifically of Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union.
Russia on the eve of WW1 Jennifer Keating, Institute of Historical Research
Talk details to follow.
About Jennifer Keating
Dr Jennifer Keating is Past & Present Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research. She works on the Russian empire in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Her research interests lie in the social and environmental history of the late imperial and early Soviet state.