The Russian Revolution: A Reconsideration 100 Years On
OCT 17, 2017 | 6:00 PM TO 8:00 PM
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
October 17, 2017: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
European Union Studies Center, Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, PhD Program in History, CUNY Graduate Center
From the vantage point of 100 years, what was the lasting significance of the Russian Revolution? Some have argued that European fascism was a direct response to the Bolshevik seizure of power, and hence that the Russian Revolution helped produce the Second World War and the postwar division of Europe. Others have seen the Revolution as inaugurating a form of rule continuous with earlier Russian authoritarian patterns; from this perspective, the Revolution had relatively little impact on the long-term trajectory of Russian society itself, at least. Against this background, the panelists will address the nature of the Russian Revolution and its historical consequences up to the present day.