Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History

Revolution (2019-20)

Our theme for the academic year 2019-20 was 'Revolution'

Women protesting during the Iranian Revolution in 1979
Women protesting during the Iranian Revolution in 1979

Revolution is one of the most popular themes in modern historiography. There are good reasons for this. Processes of radical - often violent - political change continue to fascinate students and scholars alike. The thrill and terror of the French or Russian Revolutions still inspire awe and disgust in equal measure. It is partly this emotional charge that makes revolutions rich and complex historical topics. We will endeavour to explore a variety of revolutions that have taken place across the world and showcase the exciting range of work that is being done in this vital field. 

We anticipate that our activities will address some of the following themes:

  • Definitions of revolution
  • The causes of revolution
  • Political violence and revolutionary imaginations
  • Revolutions and the Marxist/socialist tradition
  • Counter-revolutions
  • The contested memory of revolution
  • Social processes as revolutionary processes (eg. the Industrial Revolution, the Sexual Revolution)
  • Revolutionaries and their worldviews
  • Global, national and regional revolutions 
  • The representation of revolutions in the arts and popular culture

We hope you will join us for an exciting programme of talks, seminars, workshops, public lectures, film screenings and discussion groups!