About this day
For A-level and IB students
This illuminating and highly informative day will feature a stimulating series of talks delivered by world-class historians. Guaranteed to inform and enthuse, the presentations will focus on the period 1894 – 1964 and will cover the end of Romanov rule and the Revolutions to communist government under Lenin through to the Stalin era.
Programme & speakers
The Collapse of the Romanov Dynasty: The Russian Empire in the Reign of Nicholas II Daniel Beer, Royal Holloway, University of London
In this talk, Daniel Beer will examine the autocracy’s failure to meet the challenges of modernisation and to adapt to the rise of mass politics. He will show how the revolutionary movement in 1905 was only contained but never defeated. Daniel will also explore how the First World War sealed the fate of the Tsarist regime.
About Daniel Beer
Daniel is Reader in Modern European History at Royal Holloway. His most recent book, The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars, won the 2017 Cundill History Prize. He is currently writing a new book about the assassination of Alexander II.
Vladimir Lenin, Shaper of the Revolution Catherine Merridale, Institute of Historical Research
Why was it possible for Lenin to make such an impact on historical events? The famous revolutionary was a powerless exile at the start of 1917. This lecture will explore his return to Russia and analyse war-torn Europe’s maladroit response to the events that propelled him to the Kremlin.
About Catherine Merridale
Catherine Merridale is a freelance writer, historian and Fellow of the British Academy. Her books explore the history of Russia and the Soviet Union from 1156 to the present day. She is also a pioneer of oral history in the former USSR.
Revolution, Civil War and the rise of Communism Robert Service, University of Oxford
Revolution in Russia in 1917 changed the course of twentieth-century history. This talk will explore this revolutionary period and deal with a range of important questions. Why did the Bolsheviks seize power? How much did their ideas contribute to their use of terror? What part did the Western powers play in enabling the Bolsheviks to survive? Were the Bolsheviks simply another variant of Russian autocracy? What was the importance of individuals such as Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin?
About Robert Service
Robert Service is Emeritus Professor of Russian History at St Anthony’s College, University of Oxford. His research interests cover Russian history from the late 19th century to the present day, with a particular focus on the period from the October Revolution to Stalin’s death. He has published widely, including biographies of Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky.