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Lenin and the Russian Revolution

Wednesday 29 March 2017

1 Hour


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Historian Professor Steve Smith and journalist Victor Sebestyen look back at the events that led to and followed the Russian Revolution 100 years ago and discuss its impact on 20th-century history.

Smith and Sebestyen discuss the part played by Lenin in the revolution, look at the man behind the public face, and discuss the power struggles that followed his death. What impact did the revolution have on society and did Lenin disregard the suffering of his fellow countrymen?

Smith is a senior research fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. In his latest book, Russia in Revolution: An Empire in Crisis, 1890 to 1928, he gives a panoramic account of the events surrounding the Russian Revolution. Sebestyen is associate editor of Newsweek. His new book, Lenin the Dictator: An Intimate Portrait, is the first on Lenin in English for two decades. He focuses on the man who loved nature as much as political revolution and whose closest friendships were with women.

Discussions are chaired by journalist and LBC radio presenter Matthew Stadlen, a former BBC producer who is a regular interviewer for the Daily Telegraph and has interviewed for the BBC.