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Lenin’s Ideas on Revolution: Are they Relevant Today? by Dr David Lane

Thursday 2 July, 2020, 19:00 - 20:30

Lenin. Collage by Timur Alexander

Lenin. Collage by Timur Alexander

Vladimir Il’ich Ulyanov (Lenin) was born in Simbirsk, Russia. He became the leader of the Soviet government of Russia until his death in 1924. On the 150th anniversary of his birth (22 April 1870) we consider the strategy which led to the overthrow of the Provisional Government in October 1917. Consequently, his approach to revolution has been adopted by many communist parties after his death and has led to success in many countries, notably China, but failed in the West. David Lane will consider his theoretical and practical strategy, its criticisms and its relevance to current conditions.


David Lane is an Emeritus Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, UK, and previously was Professor of Sociology at the University of Birmingham. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

David Lane

David Lane

David was educated at the Universities of Birmingham and Oxford (Nuffield College) and has taught at the Universities of Birmingham, where he was Professor of Sociology, and at Essex University. He has been a visiting professor at Cornell, Odense, Harvard, Sabanci (Istanbul), Graz, the Kennan Institute (Washington DC). He has visited and lectured at many universities and research institutes in the countries of the former USSR and eastern and central Europe China and Japan.

David has published widely on state socialist societies, the USSR, Marxism, elites, class and social stratification; his current research focuses on transformation, globalization, ‘varieties of capitalism’, the enlargement of the European Union and the formation of the Eurasian Union.

WHEN: Thursday, 2 July 2020, 19:00
WHERE: Zoom 
TICKETS: free *

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Thursday 2 July, 2020
19:00 - 20:30
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