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Tue, 22 Nov 2016
11:00 - 16:00


UCL Institute of Education, London
20 Bedford Way
London, WC1H 0AL

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About this day

A brand-new opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the fascinating world of Russian history.

This exciting new programme will appeal to all A-level students studying Russian history, focusing on the period 1894 – 1953.  Five leading historians and outstanding speakers will present exciting and relevant talks to inspire, inform and entertain.  Topics covered will range from the end of Romonov rule and the Revolutions to communist government under Lenin through to the Stalin era.  An examination session will provide first-hand guidance and insights to help boost students’ confidence and examination grades.  One more speaker to announce!

Programme & speakers

The Stalin era Jan Plamper, University of Limerick

This lecture looks at the actions of one of the most cruel despots of the 20th century, covering the industrialization of agriculture, the Terror, WW2 and the Stalin cult. In doing so, it tries to make sense of the horrors and achievements of the Stalin era, 1928-53.

Jan Plamper

About Professor Jan Plamper

Jan Plamper is Professor of History at the University of Limerick.  His research focuses on 19th and 20th century Russia, the history of emotions and the senses and migration. His many publications include the books The Stalin Cult: A Study in the Alchemy of Power and The History of Emotions: An Introduction.

Bolshevism as religion? Zoe Knox, University of Leicester

Zoe Knox will discuss the intellectual connections between religion and the revolutionary politics of the time, why some historians have suggested that Bolshevism is itself a religion, and explore the use of icons, pilgrimage and pseudo-religious ritual in this period.

Zoe Knox

About Dr Zoe Knox

Dr Zoe Knox is Senior Lecturer in Modern Russian History at the University of Leicester. Her research interests address the twin themes of religious tolerance and intolerance in the modern world, focussing on religion in twentieth century Russia, including church-state relations, religious dissent and persecution.

Dreams and disenchantments: the New Economic Policy and the beginning of Stalinism James Ryan, University of Cardiff

This session will explore the creation of the NEP against the backdrop of civil war, and discuss how far the seeds of Stalinism were planted under Lenin, along with a willingness to abandon principles for the sake of short-term gains.

James Ryan

About Dr James Ryan

Dr James Ryan is lecturer in Modern European (Russian) History at the University of Cardiff.  His research focuses on political violence and ideology in Soviet Russian and the Soviet Union.


Nicholas II and the collapse of the Russian monarchy Dominic Lieven, University of Cambridge

Professor Lieven will examine the nature of the Tsarist regime and the reasons for its collapse in the traumatic final years of the Romanov dynasty.


Dominic Lieven

About Professor Dominic Lieven

Professor Lieven is Senior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge and a Fellow of the British Academy. His research interests are Imperial Russian history, the history of empires, the Napoleonic era and WW1. He has published widely on Russian history.


From the February Revolution to the Russian Civil War: the mobilisation of mass violence Orlando Figes, Birkbeck College, University of London

This talk explores the violence that led to the collapse of the Russian monarchy and the Provisional Government in 1917, seeking to explain its origins and political significance. It will discuss the use of mass terror by the Bolsheviks in the Civil War.

Orlando Figes

About Professor Orlando Figes

Orlando Figes is a British historian and award-winning writer. He is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, London and has written extensively on Russian history. He broadcasts regularly on television and radio. His published work A People’s Tragedy, a study of the Russian Revolution, won five prizes.