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28 September – 1 October

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Tony Brenton – Historically Inevitable

September 30, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


‘This is a hooligan movement … all this will pass and become calm.’

The Empress Alexandra of Russia’s view was in stark contrast to that of Marx who held that the progression of society from capitalism to communism was inevitable. Hence the title of Sir Tony Brenton’s new collection of fourteen essays – Historically Inevitable? From the world’s foremost experts on Russian history, such as Orlando Figes, Richard Pipes and Martin Sixsmith, this volume includes new and ground-breaking work.
Each contribution gives a fast-paced account of an individual aspect of the revolution together with, for the first time, an intriguing analysis of what might have been. Brenton’s conclusion is that Bolshevism was not inevitable for Russia and that another outcome was possible if some circumstances had taken a different turn.

Sir Tony’s career has included instrumental work on energy issues, the birth of European environment policy and the 1992 ‘Earth Summit’ which achieved the first global agreement on Climate Change. He was Charge d’Affaires in Washington, and subsequently British Ambassador in Moscow. He speaks Russian and Arabic, is a Fellow of Wolfson College Cambridge and is currently writing a book on Peter the Great’s Russia.

Tony Brenton will be in conversation with Dr Kristin Roth-Ey,  a Lecturer in Modern Russian History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London.


September 30, 2017
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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