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Talking about the Revolution: War and Nationalism in Revolutionary Russia. Dr Claire Le Foll and Dr George Gilbert in conversation with Professor Mark Cornwall Event

Gathering of Workers from the Putil
18:00 - 20:00
7 November 2017
Avenue Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BF

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Event details

Part of the Great War: Unknown War Programme

November 1917 marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution. Even more than for other countries, the Great War marked an abrupt shift in Russian history. It was at the same time a catalyst for expressions of Russian patriotism and the crystallization of the idea of Russian nationhood, and provided the spark for the collapse of the Russian empire and the emergence of non-Russian nationalisms. The ‘long’ First World War in Russia (1914-1922), particularly brutal and devastating, encompassing two revolutions, the collapse of an empire, the Russian civil war and the Polish-Soviet war, also triggered unprecedented national agitation in Russia and its borderlands. This event will look at the effects of war and of the 1917 revolutions on the national question within the Russian empire and on its borderlands, with a particular focus on Russian nationalism and the Jewish and Belorussian national experiences.

The image above shows workers at an election meeting in the Putilov Factory, Petrograd, 27 June, 1920. The banners read: ‘Long live the festival of the worldwide army of labour’ (left) and ‘mending one locomotive hastens the end of hunger and poverty, helping to kill off capitalism for good’, in David King, Red Star Over Russia (Tate Publishing, 2010).


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Speaker information

Dr Claire Le Foll,Dr Claire Le Foll is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Southampton. I specialise in the history and culture of Jews in Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries. I joined the Parkes Institute and History department in September 2009.

Dr George Gilbert,Dr George Gilbert is a Lecturer in Twentieth-Century (Non-British) History at the University of Southampton. Before coming to Southampton I held teaching posts at Balliol College, Oxford and at the University of East Anglia, where I completed all of my degrees. I am a historian of modern European and world history, though more specifically of late imperial Russia and the Soviet Union. My past research has included study of right-wing movements in early twentieth-century Russia; as well as continuing my explorations in the history of nationalism in the late imperial period, my current research interests include cases of religious and political martyrdom in late imperial Russia and the early Soviet Union. Linking these research topics are my broader interests in social and cultural history, and, in particular, themes of nationalism, national identity and commemorative culture.

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