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Legacies of the Russian Revolution: Explore the Revolutionary Heritage of Europe

This content was developed during a workshop at the EUSTORY Next Generation Summit 2017 from 6 to 10 October 2017 in Berlin. It brought together 100 participants from Europe and beyond who worked together with experts from the fields of academia, journalism, education and arts to explore, analyse, discuss different historical topics and highlighte their relevance for a changing Europe today.

In 2017, the Russian Revolution comes to its centenary and many spotlights all over Europe are set on its remembrance. The movement aimed at renewing the Russian society, but gained importance far beyond. What impact did the revolution of 1917 have in which country? And how do the legacies of the Russian Revolution affect young Europeans today? Participants of the workshop deepened their historical knowledge on the revolutionary heritage of Europe and looked for traces and meanings of the Russian Revolution today.

During the Summit, the workshop participants worked in three groups to uncover the traces of the Russian Revolution in Europe today. They got to exchange with the Ukrainian historian Andrii Portnov on the revolutionary heritage and dicovered traces of the revolution in the city of Berlin, guided by the journalist Nikolai Klimeniouk. They further reflected on the influences of the revolution on their home countries and wrote a paper on left-wing movements in Europe today. During the closing event, the particpants showed a presentation and a short video. You can find all results of the workshop below. In the framework of the EUSTORY Summit, some of the workshop participants also talked to the journalist Natalia Konyashina about their experiences, as you can see in the following video.


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The participants wrote a paper on “Left-wing Movements in Europe through time”. Read it here!

Workshop Partner

MEMORIAL is an international NGO operating in the field of history and human rights. It was founded in 1989 within the movement of perestroika and focuses on recording and publicising the Soviet Union’s totalitarian past as well as monitoring human rights in Russia and other post-Soviet states. Since 1999, MEMORIAL hosts a Russian history competition within the EUSTORY
Further Information: http://www.memo.ru/en-us
Workshop leaders: Natalia Kolyagina, program coordinator at MEMORIAL, Dmitry Kokorin, development director at MEMORIAL, and Michael Kaluzhsky, playwright and journalist