967 Winter 2019 The Russian Revolution of 1917
Thursday, 2:15–3:40, Feb. 7
Instructor: Rex Wade
The Russian Revolution of 1917 is one of the most important events of modern history. Much of the world’s political, social, economic, and cultural life of the 20th and 21st centuries flowed out of or was profoundly affected by it. Our basic knowledge and understanding of what happened that year has changed dramatically over the past half-century. This talk will look at the revolution with special emphasis on new interpretations of what constituted the revolution. We will look at the political and social history as well as incorporating groups often left out of previous studies: women, front soldiers, national minorities, etc.
Rex A. Wade is professor of history, emeritus, at George Mason University. Before coming to Mason 30 years ago, Wade was at the University of Hawaii for 18 years, where he was chair of the department of history, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, and acting vice president for academic affairs. Before that he taught at the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse. He is the author of multiple books, most recently The Russian Revolution, 1917 (Cambridge University Press, Third Edition, 2017), as well as many scholarly articles.