Date & time

Thu, 8 Dec 2022
10:45 - 15:45


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

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About this day

For A-level and IB students

This illuminating and highly informative day will feature a stimulating series of talks delivered by world-class historians. Guaranteed to inform and enthuse, the presentations will focus on the period 1894 – 1964 and will cover the end of Romanov rule and the Revolutions to communist government under Lenin through to the Stalin and Khrushchev eras. There will be an invaluable lunchtime examination session providing hints and tips to excel, presented by examiner, author and teacher Dr David Brown.

Programme & speakers

The Collapse of the Romanov Dynasty: The Russian Empire in the Reign of Nicholas II Daniel Beer, Royal Holloway, University of London

In this talk, Daniel Beer will examine the autocracy’s failure to meet the challenges of modernisation and to adapt to the rise of mass politics. He will show how the revolutionary movement in 1905 was only contained but never defeated. Daniel will also explore how the First World War sealed the fate of the Tsarist regime.

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.

Vladimir Lenin, Shaper of the Revolution Catherine Merridale, Institute of Historical Research

Why was it possible for Lenin to make such an impact on historical events?  The famous revolutionary was a powerless exile at the start of 1917.  This lecture will explore his return to Russia and analyse war-torn Europe’s maladroit response to the events that propelled him to the Kremlin.

Catherine Merridale

About Professor Catherine Merridale

Catherine Merridale is a freelance writer, historian and Fellow of the British Academy.  Her books explore the history of Russia and the Soviet Union from 1156 to the present day. She is also a pioneer of oral history in the former USSR.

Revolution, Civil War and the Rise of Communism Robert Service, University of Oxford

Revolution in Russia in 1917 changed the course of twentieth-century history.  This talk will explore this revolutionary period and deal with a range of important questions. Why did the Bolsheviks seize power? How much did their ideas contribute to their use of terror? What part did the Western powers play in enabling the Bolsheviks to survive? Were the Bolsheviks simply another variant of Russian autocracy? What was the importance of individuals such as Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin?

Robert Service

About Professor Robert Service

Robert Service is Emeritus Professor of Russian History at the University of Oxford. His research interests cover Russian history from the late 19th century, with a focus on the period from the October Revolution to Stalin’s death. He has published widely, including biographies of Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky.

Stalin’s Revolution from Above: Hopes, Fears, Tragedy George Gilbert, University of Southampton

This talk will be focused on Stalin’s ‘revolution from above’ from 1928 to 1941. It will look at seismic events like collectivization, industrialisation, and Stalin’s cult of personality. Stalin’s role will feature centrally, but it will also consider the role of the Soviet people in these events.

George Gilbert

About Dr George Gilbert

Dr George Gilbert is a Lecturer in Modern Russian History at the University of Southampton. He specialises in modern European and world history, specifically of Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union.


Utopia Postponed: Why Nikita Khrushchev didn’t Build Communism Simon Huxtable, Birkbeck, University of London

In 1961, Nikita Khrushchev claimed that the Soviet Union would build communism by 1980. This talk examines the domestic and international factors that led Khrushchev to make his fateful promise, and the reasons that he was unable to keep them.

Simon Huxtable

About Dr Simon Huxtable

Dr Simon Huxtable is Lecturer in Modern European History at Birkbeck, University of London, specialising in the history of the Soviet Union. He is the author of a number of articles and book chapters and his latest book is News from Moscow: Soviet Journalism and the Limits of Postwar Reform.