The Russian Revolution after 100 Years
Free Public Lecture
On 25 October 1917, the Bolsheviks took power in Petrograd. For the following 74 years this date would mark one of the foundational events of global history: the establishment of the world's first socialist state.
Red October inspired high hopes in some and terrible dread in others. For better and for worse it shaped the 20th century in fundamental ways. But what does the revolution mean over a quarter century after the breakdown of the Soviet Union?
In this lecture, historian Mark Edele argues that in order to understand the significance of the Russian revolution today, we need to broaden our view well beyond the events in Petrograd in 1917. The October uprising was but one moment in a larger, violent process of destruction and reforging of empire. The results continue to shape the region, and indeed the world.
This lecture is co-hosted by the Australian Book Review.
Professor Mark Edele, Inaugural Hansen Chair in History
Professor Mark Edele
Inaugural Hansen Chair in History
University of Melbourne
Mark Edele is a historian of the Soviet Union and its successor states, in particular Russia. He is the inaugural Hansen Chair in History in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne, as well as an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. He was trained as a historian at the Universities of Erlangen, Tübingen, Moscow and Chicago. He is the author of *Soviet Veterans of the Second World War* (Oxford University Press, 2008), *Stalinist Society* (Oxford University Press, 2011), and *Stalin’s Defectors* (Oxford University Press, 2017). He has edited several collections of essays, including, with Daniela Baratieri and Giuseppe Finaldi, *Totalitarian Dictatorship: New Histories* (Routledge 2014); with Sheila Fitzpatrick, 'Displaced Persons: From the Soviet Union to Australia in the Wake of the Second World War', *History Australia* 12, No. 2 (2015); with Robert Gerwarth, 'The Limits of Demobilisation', *Journal of Contemporary History* 50, no. 1 (2015); and most recently, with Sheila Fitzpatrick and Atina Grossmann, *Shelter from the Holocaust: Rethinking Jewish Survival in the Soviet Union* (Wayne State University Press, forthcoming 2017). His essays have appeared in academic journals based in Germany, the United States, Korea, Japan, Russia, and Australia. He is currently working on three books: a short history of the Soviet empire, a historiography of Stalinism, and, with Martin Crotty and Neil Diamant, a global history of veterans.