School of History, Classics & Archaeology

“A phenomenon that defied prevision"

On the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution, David Kaufman (Edinburgh) examines the impact of the October Revolution and the subsequent Leninist challenge to the international system on the ‘collective mind' of the British government.  Analysing Bolsheviks and Bolshevism in practice provided a challenge to British decision-makers, shaped as they were by inherited political tradition, racial, class and national prejudices.  The universalist ideology of communism was seen by British policy-makers to be a domestic threat to Britain as well as to her Empire.  

This event is free and open to everyone.

Nov 08 2017 -

“A phenomenon that defied prevision"

Dr David Kaufman of the Political History research group will deliver the lecture '“A phenomenon that defied prevision": Bolsheviks and Bolshevism in the British 'official mind'1917-1918'. (Published 27 October, 2017)

Teviot Lecture Theatre, William Robertson Wing, Doorway 5, Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH8 9AG