Stenton Lecture and Workshop 2017

Thursday 23 November 2017

The Stenton Lecture

The Russian Revolution: A Hundred Years On

Thursday 23rd November 2017, G11, Henley Business School. Doors open 19:00, lecture begins 19:30

 Stenton Lecture 2017

The marginalization of the Left internationally following the rise of neoliberalism and the collapse of communism has created a climate in which revolutions are no longer looked on with much sympathy by historians. Historians of the Russian Revolution nowadays are interested less in "what went wrong" with the Bolshevik regime and more with demonstrating the inevitability of a minority revolution leading to totalitarian dictatorship. For contemporaries, the significance of October 1917 lay in its promise to commence a world revolution that would put an end to capitalist exploitation and socio-economic inequality and put the working class into power. A century on, that hardly looks to be its long-term historical significance. What stands out are elements of the Russian Revolution that were secondary so far as the Bolsheviks were concerned, such as women's emancipation, nation-building, and anti-imperialism. These were all dimensions of the Revolution that were radically undermined by Stalin but never repudiated. None of this, of course, is to deny that one may discuss the legacy of the Bolshevik Revolution in far more negative terms - in terms of one-party dictatorship, the shutting down of a civil society, the easy recourse to terror etc. The aim of the lecture, however, is to remind us that the legacy of 1917 was complex and contradictory, and included positive as well as negative elements.


Archive Workshop


Workshop- programme

University of Reading

23 November 2017

This one-day workshop is aimed at postgraduates who have, or who will be, conducting archival research in any former Soviet Union country. The event will be a forum to discuss practical and methodological concerns, as well as to share fieldwork experiences. We invite postgraduates and early-career researchers who have worked in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, or Uzbekistan to propose papers on their experiences of archival research. Possible topics include, but are not limited, to:

Reviews of practices and procedures in specific archives

Anecdotes about a particularly interesting or unusual document found while researching at an archive

Reports on working with specific types of document (letters, police files, interview transcripts, photographs, music scores, newspapers etc.)

Overviews of the practical and methodological challenges of conducting archival research in these regions

We welcome proposals for short 10-minute papers. Abstracts of 100 words along with a short biographical note should be sent to Max Hodgson ( and Siobhan Hearne ( by 15 September 2017.

How to book:

In order to register and  book, please follow the link below.  If you have not used the online booking system before you will need to register in the first instance.  Once registered follow the instructions regarding the booking procedure.  Please note that even though this is a free event you must click on 'Proceed to Checkout' and 'Confirm'  in order to reserve your space.  You will receive a confirmation Email if the booking form is completed correctly:

Local Information

If you are coming by train, there are various buses that run between the station and Whiteknights campus, there is also a cab rank closely situated, outside the train station.

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Post Graduate Research enquiries:

Catherine O'Hare

+44 (0) 118 378 5799


Student Support:

Patrick Holmes

+44 (0) 118 378 5443


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See also

Stenton Lecture 2017

The Russina Revolution: A Hundred Years On

23rd November 2017 at 7.30 pm

Room G11 Henley Business School (Whiteknights Campus)




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