Date & time

Fri, 8 Nov 2024
10:45 - 15:45


Emmanuel Centre, London
9 - 23 Marsham Street
London, SW1P 3DW

Ticket price

£25.50 + VAT @20%* *Plus one complimentary staff ticket per ten students

About this day

For A-level and IB students

Our popular and exciting study day will appeal to all students studying 20th-century Russian history, with a focus on the period 1894 – 1964. This unmissable event is suitable for A-level and IB students as well as enthusiastic year 11 students preparing for the Edexcel, AQA and OCR specifications. World-class historians will present stimulating and relevant talks which are sure to inspire, inform and entertain. Topics will cover the end of Romanov rule and the Revolutions to communist government under Lenin through to the Stalin and Khrushchev eras.

The day will include a lunchtime examination session providing first-hand guidance and insights to help boost students’ confidence and grades. Useful handouts containing key information on the topics covered, suggested further reading together with examination advice will be provided and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions throughout the day.

Watch this space for further speaker announcements!


Programme & speakers

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.


Khrushchev in Power, 1955-64 Daniel Beer, Royal Holloway, University of London

We are delighted to see the return of Professor Daniel Beer, a powerful speaker and prize-winning author specialising in Imperial and twentieth-century Russia. Professor Beer writes for many newspapers and history publications and is a regular contributor to radio documentaries. Watch this space for further details of his talk. (Image credit: RIA Novosti archive, image #9347 / V. Malyshev / CC-BY-SA 3.0)

Daniel Beer

About Professor Daniel Beer

Daniel is Professor of Modern European History at Royal Holloway and a specialist on Russia. His most recent book, The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars, won the 2017 Cundill History Prize and was shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize. He has written for The Guardian, History Today, BBC History, The Times Literary Supplement, Literary Review, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

1917: The Year of Revolutions Julia Leikin, Royal Holloway, University of London

The lecture will discuss the political, social, and cultural developments of the two revolutions of 1917, while pointing out that their significance was largely created and shaped by the events of the decade that followed. In the second part of the lecture, I will emphasize the importance of narrative, memory, technology, and propaganda in consolidating the October revolution. The lecture will end with a nod towards the 1920s and a provocative question about when the real Russian revolution took place.

Julia Leikin

About Dr Julia Leikin

Dr Julia Leikin is a Teaching Fellow at Royal Holloway University of London and a historian of Russia and Modern Europe. She has held teaching posts in institutions around the world, including in Moscow, Washington D.C. and Munich. She was recently on a podcast aimed at A-level students, alongside the comedian David Mitchell.

"NEP Be Damned!”: Revolution and the New Economic Policy Andy Willimott, QMUL

How did revolution play out in the NEP-era?  After victory in the Russian Civil War, the Bolsheviks set about remaking Russian society in the 1920s. They enacted policies that revolutionised law, economics, culture, art and education. This lecture will assess what happened when revolutionary dreams met the economic realities of the Soviet 1920s.

Andy Willimott

About Dr Andy Willimott

Dr Andy Willimott is a Senior Lecturer in Modern Russian History at Queen Mary University of London. His research interests include the Russian Revolution in global context and the Soviet urban environment and everyday life.

Was Stalin a Revolutionary? Christopher Read, University of Warwick

Professor Read will examine the question of what motivated Stalin in his transformation of the USSR. The nature of the political, economic, social and cultural revolutions will be considered. The international context will also be taken into account as a key element.

Christopher Read

About Professor Christopher Read

Christopher Read is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Warwick, specialising in twentieth century Russian history. He has published widely and his most recent book is Stalin: From the Caucasus to the Kremlin.