A presentation of books of “Russian Revolution” series was held on Day 1 of GF-2018

January 16 marked the traditional start of Gaidar Forum, the first large-scale economic and political conference of the new year, in the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. The ninth in succession forum is held under the slogan “Russia and the world: aims and values”.

The concluding session of Day 1 was a presentation of books of “Russian Revolution” series. Book authors, professors of established universities of the world, participated in the discussion. The moderator of the meeting was Valery Anashvili, Chief Editor of Gaidar Institute Press.

The first to take the floor was Sheila Fitzpatrick, Professor of the University of Sydney: “If you study the revolution, you need to study the events accompanying it as well”. In her book “Russian Revolution” the professor paid special attention to such an acute historical phenomenon as purges, calling them “effects of revolutionary shake-up”. The author warned future readers that her work, which told about “broad transformation experience”, was full of not so much historical facts, but personal narratives.

The next to speak was Mark Steinberg, History professor of the University of Illinois. “It’s much easier to read books about the revolution than to live through it”, the professor said. The book “The Russian Revolution, 1905–1921” invites the reader to view the events through the eyes of both a professional historian and a sympathizing journalist. This is a narrative about experience and drama of people, about memories of the years gone. “There is a difference between life experience and emotional experience. It is more difficult to analyze scattered emotional experience. And it is much more difficult to express it in a humane way”, the professor says.

The presentation was concluded by Jack Goldstone, Professor of George Mason University. He presented the book “Revolutions: A Very Short Introduction”. The author started his speech with the following words: “Revolutions are a great drama. My book is about what they taught us”. Jack Goldstone distinguished three theses: revolution as an earthquake, revolution as a long-term process and revolutions through time. “By studying revolutions as an earthquake we can locate places where they are most probable”, emphasized the speaker. The professor explained the prospective possibility of a political upheaval with struggle between elites, corruption, inflation and other social and economic problems. According to him, revolutions do not lead to single-moment results, but commence processes. The professor declared that further revolutions would greatly differ. “The nature of revolutions will change. The epoch of peaceful, not violent revolutions is drawing near”, the author of the book foretold. According to him, this could be explained by the fact that the young generation is less aggressive and prefers to keep clear of radical conflicts.

The organizers include the Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), the Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy (Gaidar Institute) and the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia (AIRR).

The program outline is available at the forum website.

Participation is free; preliminary registration is required.

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