Peace 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, suggesting some possible dates. (Hosting groups will be expected to cover travel costs by public transport, and to provide overnight accommodation where necessary.)
Tuesday 3 April, Hastings: Book Reading with Milan Rai on '1917: The Grassroots Working-Class Revolution that Lenin Crushed'. 6pm at Printed Matter Bookshop, 185 Queens Road, Hastings, TN34 1RG. Tickets £2.
Saturday 7 April, Liverpool: Talk at the Liverpool Anarchist Book Fair, Black-e, 1 Great George Street, Liverpool L1 5EW. Time tbc.
Saturday 28 April, Hastings: 'The Nonviolent Russian Revolution'. 4pm, Cafe Grand Rue de Perra, 73-74 Queens Road, Hastings TN34 1RL
Tuesday 30 January 2018, Oxford: 'The Nonviolent Russian Revolution', 6:30pm, Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1BX. Organised by Oxford CND.
Tuesday 20th February 2018, Abingdon: '1917: The Nonviolent Russian Revolution', 8pm, Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon OX14 1NS. Organised by Abingdon Peace Group.
Saturday 10 March, London: Lunchtime talk at 'Can We Unite for Peace? Building Citizen Power for Change', Uniting for Peace Spring Conference, Wesley’s Chapel, 49 City Road, London EC1Y 1AU.