The Russian Revolution Debate

Chaired by Hugh Linehan with Geoffrey Roberts, Maria Falina &David Aaronovitch

In its centenary year the sheer apocalyptic scale of the Russian Revolution seems almost to defy comprehension. What began as a challenge to the decadence and complacency of the Romanov dynasty ended up in the slaughter and immiseration an entire people.

History has consigned the revolution to the tomb and celebrated its death but what, if anything, remains of the elevated goals and ideals which inspired it? Was the poison of Stalinism in Bolshevism from the beginning?

Can it teach us anything one hundred years on and if so what? Our panel of experts examines these and other questions.

Geoffrey Roberts is Professor of History at University College Cork. He has written widely on Russian history.
Maria Falina is a DCU historian of modern and contemporary Europe specialising in Eastern Europe.
David Aaronovitch is a Times of London columnist, broadcaster, and author. His most recent book is Party Animals: My Family and Other Communists.
Hugh Linehan is Culture Editor of The Irish Times.

Apologies, due to unforseen circumstances, Helen Rappaport is unable to attend the Festival.

 Friday 29th September at  5:30pm, Printworks at Dublin Castle

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