The Russian Revolution and the country that arose from it, the Soviet Union, had a profound impact on the 20th century. Globally, approaches to economic and social development; international relations, the fight against Nazism and the Second World War, the Cold War and the arms race; politics and revolutions; culture and the arts; were shaped by the Revolution and the Soviet Union or by fear of these and opposition to them. Hundreds of millions of Soviet citizens experienced radical social and economic change which included famine, terror and dislocation; war on an unprecedented environmental degradation; restrictions on political, civic, national and religious freedoms; but also achievements (military, industrial, cultural, sporting) in which many took pride; improvements in living conditions and opportunities; rising standards of education and literacy and of health care and social support. The public lecture will examine ways in which we can understand the Revolution and its impact 100 years on and more than 25 years after the collapse and disappearance of the Soviet Union.
Emeritus Professor Ross Chambers
Emeritus Professor Ross Chambers was a member of the academic staff of CSU from 1979 to 2012. From 1992 to 2012 he served in senior academic positions as Dean, Faculty of Arts and Deputy Vice‐Chancellor (Academic). Following retirement from full‐time work in 2012, Professor Chambers served as the Head of Campus at CSU Port Macquarie from 2013 to 2015. In his early career at CSU he taught history and political and social thought. Professor Chambers was trained as a Russian historian at the University of Sydney and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, London. His special Interests are the history of Russian political and social thought; the history of Christianity in Russia; and the development of civil society in Russia.
Lecture: 5pm - 6pm
Post lecture drinks and cheese platters until 7pm