The British Academy Lecture at Hay - Lenin on the Train
4 Jun 2017, 11:30 - 12:30
- Baillie Gifford Stage, Hay Festival, Dairy Meadows, Brecon Road, Hay on Wye, HR3 5PJ
In April 1917, the exiled leader of the Bolsheviks, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, travelled back to Russia by train. His country was at war and his route would take him through enemy territory; the plan was controversial from the start. The destination was the Finland Station and the first steps on the road to Soviet power. Catherine Merridale, the great Russia scholar, follows in the leader's tracks, creating a gripping account of events in Russia and Europe at one of the tensest moments of the First World War.
Professor Catherine Merridale FBA, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Historical Research, University of London and Senior Research Associate, Centre for History and Economics, University of Cambridge
Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield FBA, Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London
Ticket price: £8.30