100 Years Later: The Russian Revolution and its Consequences

Workshop | October 7 | 9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Department of History, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Townsend Center for the Humanities, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

100 Years Later: The Russian Revolution and its Consequences

October 6-7, 2017

Sponsored by the Institute for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the UC Berkeley History Department, the Institute of East Asian Studies, and the Townsend Center for the Humanities

“The Soviet socialist revolution was the great utopian adventure of the modern age,” wrote the late Berkeley professor Martin Malia in the opening to his 1994 book The Soviet Tragedy. Utopian and pragmatic, top-down and bottom-up, tragic and fortunate: historians have affixed many adjectives to the year 1917 to describe it and its impact on Russia, the former Soviet Union, and the wider world. Long before the opening of the Russian archives in the early nineties, scholars have spilled much ink to debate the Revolution’s origins and causes, goals and shortcomings, beginning and end. Nearly all historians agree that the Revolution stands virtually unrivaled in its ambition, influence, and global legacy.

To mark the Revolution’s centenary, the University of California, Berkeley will host a workshop where graduate students in the dissertation writing phase can present and receive feedback on work that relates to the theme of the Russian Revolution and its consequences, broadly defined. How did the ideas, actors, and events that undergirded the Bolshevik program reverberate across the Soviet Union and beyond? In what ways did Soviet socialism serve as a model for non-Soviet governments, revolutionaries, reformers, elites, and ordinary citizens to follow, reject, or improve upon? What effect did the collapse have on socialist and non-socialist governments, and what role does memory of the Soviet past play in the former USSR and beyond today? Our goal is to bring together young scholars from universities across the United States whose work is adding to and changing the way we think, research, and write about the world that 1917 forged.

For more information, including the full program and pre-circulated papers, please visit berkeley1917.wordpress.com.

Please send any questions or comments to: berkeley1917@gmail.com.