The First World War led to the “October Revolution” of 1917, which gave power in Russia to a small, ruthless socialist sect known as the Bolsheviks. They quickly consolidated their authority and created a “communist” government, known as the Soviet Union. This “communist” system appeared in certain respects unique, enigmatic, vigorous — and yet frightening. In other respects, however, it proved not significantly different from the Tsarist regime it replaced. It remained a bureaucratic, authoritarian police state, now backed by a different ideology and Marxist revolutionary rhetoric. Craig Saucier will briefly survey the October Revolution and how it launched the emergence of communist Russia – and whether or not that represented a genuine historical transformation.
Craig Saucier is a native of New Orleans and attended LSU. He earned his Ph.D. from LSU in modern British and European history. He has taught European history at Southeastern Louisiana University since 1998. This event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch and may come and go as their schedules require.