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1917: The Nonviolent Russian Revolution book tour

See forthcoming events. Get in touch if you would like to host an event.

ImagePeace News' latest book, 1917: The Nonviolent Revolution by Milan Rai dispels the widespread view that the Russian Revolution demonstrates the need for ruthlessness and armed violence in winning revolutionary change. In fact, it argues, 'Russia's revolutionaries often used their own unarmed vulnerability and the sincerity of their moral appeal as their most effective weapon in overturning governments and defeating would-be fascists.'

But, it doesn't let Lenin and the Bolsheviks off the hook either! Indeed, its second half, 1917: The Grassroots Working-Class Revolution that Lenin Crushed, shows how Lenin and Trotsky undermined the freedoms won by Russia's factory workers, revealing themselves to be enemies rather than champions of working-class democracy and power.

Milan Rai is now available to speak to groups across the UK about these twin themes and their relevance for today's activists. If you would like to host an event with Milan then please email promos@peacenews.info, suggesting some possible dates. (Hosting groups will be expected to cover travel costs by public transport, and to provide overnight accommodation where necessary.)

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Upcoming talks:

Saturday 9 December 2017
HASTINGS
'1917: The Nonviolent Russian Revolution'. At critical points, the Russian Revolution relied on mass nonviolent action by unarmed civilians, as well by regular soldiers and paramilitaries bearing arms. A discussion with author Milan Rai. 4.30pm. Grand Rue De Pera cafe, 73–74 Queens Rd, Hastings, TN34 1RL. www.ruedepera.co.uk

Thursday 14 December 2017
HASTINGS
'Russia 1917: The Grassroots Working-Class Revolution That Lenin Crushed'. The revolutionary socialist potential of Russia's democratic factory committees and elected 'soviets' (councils) was actually ruthlessly cut down by Lenin, Trotsky and their Bolshevik colleagues. A discussion with author Milan Rai. 6pm. Printed Matter Bookshop, 185 Queens Rd, Hastings, TN34 1RG. www.printedmatterhastings.co.uk