The Russian Revolution and Its Fate

Trotsky's New Course - North London AWL branch meeting

Date: 
26 February, 2008 - 19:30 - 21:30
Location: 

Red Rose, 127 Seven Sisters Road, near Finsbury Park tube (Picc/Victoria)

Description: 

North London's AWL branch meetings are open to all. At the moment we are doing a series on the life and work of Leon Trotsky. This week the focus is on The Soviet Union after the Revolution and 'The New Course.'

“The struggle against the bureaucratism of the state apparatus is an exceptionally important but prolonged task, one that runs more or less parallel to our other fundamental tasks: economic reconstruction and the elevation of the cultural level of the masses. The most important historical instrument for the accomplishment of all these tasks is the party. Naturally, not even the party can tear itself away from the social and cultural conditions of the country. But as the voluntary organization of the vanguard, of the best, the most active and the most conscious elements of the working class, it is able to preserve itself much better than can the state apparatus from the tendencies of bureaucratism. For that, it must see the danger clearly and combat it without let up.”

Reading: The New Course (1923) -
http://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1923/newcourse/index.htm.

Short Reading: Chapter 1: the question of party generations.

For more info contact David Broder - 07828 844695/davidthetrot@googlemail.com

Stalinism and the defeat of the workers - North London AWL branch meeting

Date: 
11 March, 2008 - 19:30 - 21:30
Location: 

Red Rose, 127 Seven Sisters Road, near Finsbury Park tube (Picc/Victoria)

Description: 

North London's AWL branch meetings are open to all. At the moment we are doing a series on the life and work of Leon Trotsky. This week the focus is on the defeat of the Russian Revolution by Stalinism.

Trotsky argues that Stalinism was not the logical product of Bolshevism, but represented a bureaucratic counter-revolution against the Russian working class - separated from Bolshevism by "a river of blood"

Suggested reading: The Revolution Betrayed (1936) - http://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1936/revbet/index.htm. Short reading: chapter 11: Whither the Soviet Union?

For more info contact David Broder - 07828 844695/davidthetrot@googlemail.com

AWL day school on the Russian Revolution

Date: 
1 September, 2007 - 14:00 - 19:30
Location: 

Lucas Arms, 245A Grays Inn Road, Kings Cross

Description: 

A dayschool for new activists

12-5.30pm, Saturday 1 September, The (Kings Cross rail or tube)

This year is the 90th anniversary of the Russian revolution. But why take the Russian revolution as a model? Isn't it irrelevant nowadays, or worse, proof that revolution can't work? Didn't the Bolsheviks lead to Stalin's dictatorship?

We will be discussing the idea that understanding the experience of the Russian workers in 1917 and after is crucial to fighting for a society without exploitation or oppression today.

The agenda will include

â–  A workers' revolution? What happened in 1917?
â–  The state and revolution: bourgeois democracy and workers' democracy
â–  A festival of the oppressed: what the revolution meant for national minorities and women
â–  The Stalinist counter-revolution and what it means to be "Trotskyist"
â–  A model for the 21st century?

For more information including reading, or to pre-register, please email Robin or ring 07974 331 053

description:

A dayschool for new activists

12-5.30pm, Saturday 1 September, The (Kings Cross rail or tube)

This year is the 90th anniversary of the Russian revolution. But why take the Russian revolution as a model? Isn't it irrelevant nowadays, or worse, proof that revolution can't work? Didn't the Bolsheviks lead to Stalin's dictatorship?

Location:
Lucas Arms, 245A Grays Inn Road, Kings Cross

Study Group on the Russian Revolution Annual Conference

Date: 
3 January, 2006 - 16:00
Location: 

University of Nottingham

Description: 

Study Group on the Russian Revolution
XXXII ANNUAL CONFERENCE
University of Nottingham, 3-5 January 2006
Provisional Programme
The XXXII conference of the Study group will be held between 3 and 5 Jaunary 2006 at the University of Nottingham. Accommodation will be provided in Ancaster Hall, and the sessions will take place in the School of History.
Tuesday 3 January
Registration from 1600. Tea, coffee and biscuits served.
1830-1915. Dinner
1915-2100 PANEL ONE:
Zinaida Gafurova (Moscow Technological University), ‘The State Collection of Unique Musical instruments and the October Revolution’.
Anthony Kroner (Amsterdam) ‘Denikin and Wrangel’.
Gayle Lonergan (Wolfson College, University of Oxford) 'Paper Communists : The Communist Party and the Peasantry in the Russian Civil War'.
Wednesday 4 January
0800-0900 Breakfast
0915-1100 Panel TWO: Science, State and Society in Russia
David Moon (University of Durham) ‘Plans to transform the steppes: Dokuchaev vs Stalin'
Jonathan Oldfield (Birmingham university) ‘The development of Russian biospheric thought during the late Tsarist and early Soviet periods’
Julie Mannherz (Georg-August-Universitaet Goettingen) ‘Faith healing, malevolent suggestion or superman's mastery: Hypnosis in Russian popular culture, 1880-1925.’
1100-1130 Break
1130-1300 PANEL THREE
Mikhail Lukyanov (Perm State University) ‘The political behaviour of the Russian right as a specific factor of the political destabilisation in Russia’
O Andriewsky (Trent University, Ontario, Canada) ‘Dangerous Illusions and Fatal Subversions: Rus' Irredenta and the Russian Nationalist Project on the Eve of the First World War.’

1300-1400 Lunch
1400-1545 PANEL FOUR:
James D White (University of Glasgow) ‘Nikolai Sieber (Ziber): the first Russian Marxist'.
John Gonzalez (University of Wollongong, Australia) ‘Historian and revolutionary: N.A. Rozhkov’
Bob Henderson (QMUL) ‘Vladimir Burtsev and the Russian revolutionary emigration, 1891-1905’
1545-1615 Tea and Biscuits.
1615-1745 AGM
1800-1915 DINNER
1930-2100 Panel FIVE Russia’s revolution in the media
Chris Read, Round table organiser
Paul Dukes, Chair.
Jerome Teelucksingh (University of the West Indies) ‘From James Bond to Russia with love: The Impact of the Russian Revolution on the Caribbean in the 20th century’
Mike Haynes (University of Wolverhampton) Title TBC
Thursday 5 January
0930-1115 Panel SIX Revolution in dark corners
Alice Pate, ‘Grigorii Uratadze and the Georgian Mensheviks’
Michael Hickey, ‘Jewish Youth and the PSR in Smolensk Province, 1901-14’
Sally Boniece, ‘SR “Socialist Collectives” in the Nerchinsk Penal Complex, 1906-17.’
1115-1145 Break
1145-1315 Panel SEVEN
Matthias Neumann (UEA), ‘Evolution and the development of the Komsomol, 1917-1932.’
Charlotte Alston (IHR, London) ‘The work of the Russian Liberation Committee in London 1919-1922'.
1315-1415 LUNCH

Download here in word: [Provisional Programme] [Booking Form] [Credit Card Payment Form]
Please direct all enquiries to the conference organiser, Dr. Sarah Badcock.
Dr Sarah Badcock,
Department of History,
University of Nottingham,
Lenton Grove
Nottingham,
NG7 2RD
tel. +44-115-846-6495

http://www.basees.org.uk/sgrusrev.html

Study Group on the Russian Revolution
XXXII ANNUAL CONFERENCE
University of Nottingham, 3-5 January 2006
Provisional Programme
The XXXII conference of the Study group will be held between 3 and 5 Jaunary 2006 at the University of Nottingham. Accommodation will be provided in Ancaster Hall, and the sessions will take place in the School of History.

October Revolution Anniversary Film Showing -Leeds

Date: 
7 November, 2005 - 19:30
Location: 

Leeds, O'Neills, Infirmary Street (behind the town hall)

Description: 

To mark the Anniversary of the October Revolution Leeds AWL are showing of Eisensteins classic film, "October"
The showing starts at 7-30pm O'Neills, Infirmary Street, Leeds.

Leaflet for Film Showing
Followed by a short discussion title "Is the Russian Revolution still relevant for Socialists"

description:

To mark the Anniversary of the October Revolution Leeds AWL are showing of Eisensteins classic film, "October"
The showing starts at 7-30pm O'Neills, Infirmary Street, Leeds.

Leaflet for Film Showing
Followed by a short discussion title "Is the Russian Revolution still relevant for Socialists"

Location:
Leeds, O'Neills, Infirmary Street (behind the town hall)