The centenary of the Russian revolution – what is its legacy?

Sunday 1 October, 16:1517.:45, Centrala, Unit 4, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Birmingham B5 5RTUK satellites


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During ’10 days that shook the world’ in October 1917, the Red Guard, armed factory workers, soldiers and sailors took over the telegraph office, Winter Palace and other key buildings in the then capital, Petrograd. The revolution ultimately failed. But does that mean that the Bolsheviks, and those who fought for ‘Peace, Bread and Land’, were wrong to overthrow the old regime?

What impact did the Russian revolution have on the 20th century world? What is its relevance to today? Does its ultimate failure mean that we must simply give up on the idea of a political struggle for social change? Or should we instead reflect on how better to go about building a new society?

This debate is part of ‘Revolution! Thinking About the Centenary of the Russian Revolution’ which has been organised by Birmingham Salon to mark the centenary of the 1917 revolution which brought the Bolsheviks to power in Russia and to look at the enduring legacy of this and other past revolutions.