‘1917 - The Russian Revolution, Reactions and Impact’, London, 21 October

9th Oct, 2017

Public meeting and book launch

‘1917 - The Russian Revolution, Reactions and Impact’

The Socialist History Society will be holding a seminar to mark the launch of its Occasional Publication no. 41

On Saturday 21St October

Venue: Marx Memorial Library, Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R,

Start time 2.00pm.

Free to attend, all welcome.

Speakers will include

Tobias Abse, Willie Thompson, David Morgan, Greta Sykes, Francis King and John Partington

The Russian Revolution of 1917 changed the world forever. For once, it appeared that the oppressed workers were within grasp of the levers of state power and for a while the prospect of permanently ending exploitation seemed a real possibility. The revolutionary mood swept across continents and its impact was felt far beyond the parties of the left and the organised labour movement. The revolution inspired writers, poets, intellectuals and philosophers as much as it did workers and activists. With this special Occasional Publication the Socialist History Society commemorates these momentous events of one hundred years ago with a series of specially written articles that examine the reactions to the revolution and its impact in different areas.

Book Contents 

Evaluating the lessons of October, including their British resonance

by Willie Thompson

Against ‘vacillation, lies and rottenness’: the Russian revolution and the rift in world socialism

by Francis King

1917’s Several Lenins

by Mike Makin-Waite

‘What they can do in Russia, so can we’: the impact of the Russian Revolutions of 1917 in Germany by Helen Boak

Italy and the Russian Revolution of 1917

by Tobias Abse

Clara Zetkin on the Soviet Experiment, 1917-1934

by John S Partington

Secular Ecstasies and the Revolutionary Women Poets in 1917

by Greta Sykes

Psychoanalysis and Revolution: Sigmund Freud and his circle from fin-de-siècle Vienna to revolutionary Russia

by David Morgan

For further information see the SHS website

http://www.socialisthistorysociety.co.uk/