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'It was extremely refreshing to listen to a different perspective.' - K. Bond

The Russian Revolution and After

Saturday 25th February 2017: The Russian Revolution and After - SOLD OUT

Speaker: Sir Tony Brenton (former Ambassador to Russia)

11:00 - 17:00

According to Marx, the progression of society from capitalism to communism was 'historically inevitable'. In Russia in 1917, it seemed that Marx's theory was born out in reality. But was the Russian Revolution really inevitable?

Sir Tony's lecture begins with a look at the key turning points of the revolution from the Russo-Japanese conflict of 1904-5 to the appropriation of church property in 1922, with particular focus on the incredible chain of events in 1917 which led to the October Revolution itself. The second part examines the aftermath of the revolution - Communism.

The final section of the day draws a parallel between the 1917 Revolution and the ultimate collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, and places the events of 1917 in the context of more recent events in Russia and the Crimea.

Tickets: £60 (including buffet lunch and afternoon tea). Overnight accommodation with dinner is also available; please enquire.

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No prior knowledge needed. Talks open to all.

"It's a remarkable venture, flying an important multi-coloured flag."
Stephen Walsh (Stravinsky biographer)

"Excellent food for both mind and body, and I was a happy boy."
Robert Fripp (musician)

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Day rate: £60, including refreshments and buffet lunch

Accommodation & Evening Meals
For those coming from farther afield, accommodation is available for one or two nights. All rooms are beautifully decorated, comfortably furnished and have their own bathroom. Overnight guests also have use of the pool, grounds and living rooms. Rooms cost £60/£85 for Single/Double occupancy on the Friday (breakfast only) or £75/£115 for Single/Double occupancy on the Saturday (dinner and breakfast included). Please see the Please see the Booking Form for details and the Gallery for images of the house and rooms.

To book, please use our Booking Form or call 07793 240 867 for more information.

Stonehill House is a comfortable and spacious family home with extensive grounds, in rural Oxfordshire. Within easy reach of Didcot Parkway and Oxford stations, Stonehill can accommodate up to 12 people in a variety of uniquely decorated, mostly double, bedrooms.

The house and grounds are home to an interesting collection of artworks by Andrew Logan, several with a Russian influence.

Our speakers:

Rosamund Bartlett is a writer, scholar and translator who has lectured on Russian cultural history at universities, museums, and public institutions around the world. The author of several books, including Wagner and Russia, Chekhov: Scenes from a Life, and Tolstoy: A Russian Life, which was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, she has a particular interest in the intersection between politics, history and the arts. She has also received recognition as a translator, having published two volumes of Chekhov's stories and the first unexpurgated edition of his letters. Her new translation of Anna Karenina will be published by Oxford World's Classics in August 2014. She is a Trustee of the Anton Chekhov Foundation, set up to preserve the writer's house in Yalta, and in 2010 was awarded the Chekhov 150th Anniversary Medal by the Russian government in recognition of her educational and charitable work.

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Christopher Danziger is a tutor in the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education. He teaches and writes on modern European history with a special interest in Napoleon and Imperial Russia. With a Russian grandmother and a father who was born a subject of Tsar Nicholas II, Russian history is in his blood. He has lectured on Russian history on several Oxford University programmes, at the University of Cape Town, at the Marlborough College Summer School, and Gilman College in Baltimore.

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Irina Kirillova MBE is Fellow Emerita of Newnham College, Cambridge and a retired lecturer in Russian Studies. Her publications include "Reflections on the Image of Christ in Dostoevsky’s writing (Moscow 2010)", "Dostoevsky’s markings in the Gospel of St John" (in Dostoevsky and the Christian Tradition C.U.P.2001) and various articles in Russian academic publications on Dostoevsky. Since 1991 she has lectured extensively in Russia on Dostoevsky, most recently in the ancient city of Riazan, at the theological seminary and to a large audience on the Riazan public library.

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Sir Tony Brenton Sir Tony Brenton is a distinguished British diplomat and author of "Historically Inevitable" about the Russian Revolution and its context. In over thirty years with the British Foreign Service, he served in the Middle East, the European Union, Washington DC, and Russia. In particular he was in charge of the British Embassy in Washington through the Iraq War, and was British Ambassador to Russia through a particularly tense time in UK/Russia relations. On retirement from the Foreign Service he has become a Fellow of Wolfson College Cambridge, where he is writing a book on Russian history. He is now also a regular commentator and contributor on international affairs on the BBC and in such publications as The Times and Standpoint.

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