About Celebrating (or not) the Centenary of the Russian Revolution

Hosted by the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry and the UQ Art Museum

Speaker: Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick
               The University of Sydney and the University of Chicago

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. How should it be remembered today? Interpretation of the Russian Revolution has always been politically contentious, in the West as in the Soviet Union and its successor states. But the centenary, coming only a few decades after the collapse of Communist regimes in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, finds Western scholars at a loss – and in Putin’s Russia is an outright embarrassment. In this talk, Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick will survey past and present interpretative controversies about the Russian Revolution.