'1917: The Effects of the Russian Revolutions on the British Labour and Peace Movements' conference, 4 November 2017
30 August 2017
Peace History Conference: 1917
Saturday 4 November 2017
The Old Fire Station, University of Salford, The Crescent, Salford M5 4WT
The Russian Revolutions (of March and October) changed the world forever. The Working Class Movement Library and the Peace History Conference present a day exploring the effects of these revolutions on the British labour and peace movements. With a mix of lectures, film and readings, we continue our varied approach to examining history to illuminate the lessons that we can use in our ongoing activism to make the future world more peaceful. In a year of anniversaries with food for numerous peace history conferences – the partition of India/Pakistan (1947), the Treaty of Rome (1957) – the year 1917 is particularly important for the peace movement. The splitting of the atom by Ernest Rutherford here in Manchester ushered in the era of nuclear physics and of nuclear arms, and led to Manchester being the first local authority to declare itself a nuclear (weapons) free zone city. The Balfour Declaration led to the (now seeming impossiblity of) two sovereign peoples in one land.
This conference is part of a growing national network of Peace History Conferences and lectures initiated by Bruce Kent and the Movement for the Abolition of War. Featuring papers by Professor John Callaghan, Dr Kate Hudson and Dr Alison Ronan, with actor Maxine Peake and contributions from Greater Manchester CND and the Working Class Movement Library.
For more information and to register for the conference, click here.