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The Russian Revolution: What Happened And Why at Bishopsgate Institute

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There were two revolutions in Russia in 1917. One saw the abdication of a centuries-old dynasty, the other a seizure of power by one faction of a resistance movement many decades in the making. Karl Marx was specific that the proletarian revolution could never happen in Russia, but Lenin had other ideas... The civil war that followed the Bolshevik seizure of power included bitter infighting, denunciations and systematic application of state terror. It also produced some of the most brilliant visual art, literature, music, poetry and theatre. The ideology of the Union of Soviet and Socialist Republics, best experienced through its propaganda machine, produced an astonishing national anthem, drove the country to victory in the Second World War and eventually got the first person into space. The USSR was dissolved by Mikhail Gorbachev on 25 December 1991 and many people will have no memory of its existence. At this special evening event, discover the big ideas, pivotal events and key players that led up to the seismic moments in history of 1917, and find out what happened next... Francesca Canty Francesca read Russian and French at Cambridge. She studied in the Soviet Union just before it was dissolved but the two events are presumed to be unconnected. She lived and worked in Russia from 1996 to 2003, as promoter and executive DJ at two nightclubs, managing a European Commission Russia-wide communications project and leading the British Council's Arts programme across 15 offices. She's a passionate Russianist and continues to collaborate with partners in the musical theatre and fashion spheres, spending several weeks a year back in Mother Russia. She's fluent in Russian and was taught to drink vodka by Russian actors. @FrancescaCanty

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