How did the Russian Revolution change world history?

How did the Russian Revolution change world history?

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Unpick a complex and dramatic history and its present day legacy

Speakers Tony Brenton, Pankaj Mishra and Victor Sebastyen, chaired by Peter Pomeranzev.

The Soviet Union, established following the Revolution, lasted until 1991, and as a superpower exerted a huge influence across the world. The Communism it propagated inspired revolutions and underpinned regimes in every continent, and to this day, countries such as China, North Korea and Cuba remain dominated by quasi-socialist ideologies. Almost every major war or power struggle bears relation to the events of 1917. Our panel unpicks this complex and dramatic history, and the present day legacy.

Join our expert panel – former UK Ambassador to Moscow Sir Tony Brenton, author Pankaj Mishra, historian and journalist Victor Sebastyen, and chair Peter Pomeranzev – as they unpick this complex and dramatic history and the present day legacy.

Please note Anne Garrels is no longer able to participate in this event. Final speaker list to be announced shortly.

The event is followed by a book stall.

Tony Brenton was a British diplomat from 1975 to 2009, completing his career as Charge d'Affaires in Washington, and then Ambassador in Moscow. He is now a Fellow of Wolfson College Cambridge. He edited the collection of essays Historically Inevitable? Turning Points of the Russian Revolution (Profile Books 2016) and is now writing a book on the Peter the Great. He is a regular commentator on contemporary Russian issues.

Pankaj Mishra is an writer of literary and political essays based in London. His latest book is the Age of Anger: A History of the Present , which follows  From the Ruins of Empire, Temptations of the West and others. He is a columnist at Bloomberg View and the New York Times Book Review, and writes regularly for The Guardian, the London Review of Books, and The New Yorker.

Victor Sebestyen has written for The Evening Standard, T‍he Times and T‍he Daily Mail and T‍he New York Times. He reported widely from Eastern Europe when Communism collapsed, covered t‍he wars in former Yugoslavia and t‍he breakup of t‍he Soviet Union. His books include Twelve Days (2006) a history of t‍he 1956 Hungarian uprising. Revolution 1989 (2009) an account of t‍he fall of t‍he Soviet empire, and the recent Lenin the Dictator, an Intimate Portrait (2017)​

Enjoy food and drink purchased from the Knowledge Centre Bar from 18.00 and after the event until the Bar closes at 22.00.


Name: How did the Russian Revolution change world history?
Where: Knowledge Centre
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