Conspirator: Lenin in Exile

18 February 2010, 7.30pm
Bishopsgate Institute
£5, concs £3; advance booking required

Conspirator is the compelling story of Lenin’s 17 year exile during which he and his political collaborators plotted a revolution that would change 20th century history. In this talk, Helen Rappaport discusses her recent book which tells the story of Lenin in the years leading up to the Russian Revolution. Constantly on the move around Europe, with conflicts both personal and political, Conspirator situates Lenin’s struggle for change in Russia within the context of the revolutionary movement in exile as a whole. Helen also considers the wider network of Russian revolutionaries both at home and abroad who supported Lenin and the risks they took in support of his vision.

Helen Rappaport is a historian with a specialism in the Victorians and revolutionary Russia. Her books include Ekaterinburg: The Last Days of Romanov and No Place for Ladies: The Untold Story of Women in the Crimean War.

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6 Responses to “Conspirator: Lenin in Exile”

  1. 1 Lavinia Blossom
    16 February 2010 at 10:22 am

    SHS members may well be infuriated by this talk (and book) as Helen Rappaport is no fan of Lenin’s.

  2. 16 February 2010 at 11:57 am

    We’re a pretty calm lot, by and large, in the SHS. We’ve been going for 18 years now, with members from all sorts of political backgrounds, and we’ve never had a split, which must signify something or other… 🙂

  3. 3 Lavinia Blossom
    16 February 2010 at 10:37 pm

    See you at the talk then?

  4. 18 February 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Alas, no… Evening meetings in London are not easy for those of us living in the wilds of Norfolk. And I have another meeting this evening. But if you post your impressions of the event, I’ll read them with great interest.

  5. 5 lavinia.blossom
    19 February 2010 at 1:46 pm

    It was very good for Romanov supporters

  6. 19 February 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Hmmmm… SHS members may have lots of different opinions about Lenin. But I’m fairly sure there is unanimity in the society that the Romanovs were a Bad Thing. At least, I’ve never yet met a member who supported divinely-sanctioned hereditary autocracy.

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