Conor Kostick: 'Ireland and the Russian revolution, 1917-23'
The Irish revolutionary period of 1916 - 1923 was profoundly shaped by its international context. And one of the most fundamental shifts in the international landscape was the October Revolution of 1917 in Russia. Almost immediately in the wake of the soviet revolution, a tsunami of workers' militancy crossed Europe, bringing governments crashing down and creating a mass popular culture whose symbol was the red flag and whose anthem was the Internationale. When this wave hit Ireland, it contributed to the appearance of soviet experiments in this country and for a brief period the Irish working class movement appeared as the leaders of the national struggle. This talk will look at the impact of the October Revolution and the rise and fall of enthusiasm for soviets in Ireland.
Conor Kostick is a historian and the author of The siege of Jerusalem, Revolution in Ireland, 1917-1923: popular militancy, and 16 Lives: Michael O'Hanrahan.
All lectures start at 7pm and will be held in the Museum's Milestone Gallery, Glasnevin Cemetery. Dublin 11
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