How to start a revolution: according to Lenin

Course Dates: 31/05/20
Time: 10:30 - 15:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

'What is to be done?' asked Lenin in 1902, as the Tsarist autocracy crept towards its Tercentenary. Fifteen years later, the Bolsheviks - led by Lenin - took control of Russia's seat of government and proclaimed 'All power to the Soviets!' In this course we will explore Lenin's ideas on Revolution.


What is the course about?

The course is about the life, thought, and historical situation of Vladimir Lenin. As leader of the Bolsheviks, Lenin successfully led the October Revolution, establishing a radical government that overthrew centuries of Tsarist rule. While providing a historical grounding in Lenin's life and times, this course focuses on the revolutionary ideas of Lenin. Through the study of Lenin's thought, the course will seek to establish how Lenin conceived of revolution: its necessity, its organisation, and its practical actions.

What will we cover?

- Lenin's life
- An introduction to Russia in the early twentieth century
- Lenin on the State
- Lenin on the Vanguard Party
- Lenin and Revolutionary Theory
- The October Revolution and its consequences.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Give a general account of Lenin's life
- Explain elements of early twentieth century Russian history
- Describe elements of Lenin's thought on the state, the party, and revolutionary politics.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course and no particular skills will be needed. As with most of our courses, intellectual curiosity and a willingness to be open to new ideas is more important than any skills or knowledge.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The class will be a mix of tutor presentation, discussion, and group work. Audiovisual media may be used, and there may be (short) readings to be done in class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no extra costs. Please bring a pen and paper or electronic device on which to make notes.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Please check out our range of politics and history courses on our website. You may be particularly interested in our Russian history courses.

Tutor Biographies
Benjamin Chwistek

Ben is the Coordinator for World History, Politics, Economics, Anthropology and Current Affairs. He studied Modern History at the University of London, obtaining a First Class Honours degree with a specialisation in Victorian Intellectual History. He then studied a Masters Degree in Political Philosophy at the University of York, where he graduated top of his class and obtained an award for his dissertation on the philosophies of history of Michel Foucault and Walter Benjamin. Ben went on to complete his PhD at the University of York, where he researched the subject of myth and violence in the work of Georges Sorel, Walter Benjamin and Carl Schmitt. For his PhD research, Ben received a scholarship from the WWI centenary ‘Legacies of War’ project. Ben has taught Philosophy, Politics and History from 1st year undergraduates to MA students at the universities of York, Leeds and Antwerp. He has also taught A Level History and Politics to sixth form students at a school in West London, and has taught English at a school in Thailand. Alongside this, he has spoken at conferences and events around the UK and Europe, primarily on topics relating to myth, violence, and democracy.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: HPC18

Sun, day, 31 May - 31 May '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £39.00
Senior fee: £31.00
Concession: £20.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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