Russia’s Great War and Revolution, 1914-22, Part 3: The “Wider Arc” of the Russian Revolution: Global Reverberations

AHA Session 137
Friday, January 8, 2016: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM
Room 302 (Hilton Atlanta, Third Floor)
John W. Steinberg, Austin Peay State University
Choi Chatterjee, California State University, Los Angeles
Lisa A. Kirschenbaum, West Chester University
Steven Marks, Clemson University
Steven Sabol, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Session Abstract

"The Wider Arc of the Russian Revolution: Global Reberverations."

The centennials of the First World War and the Russian Revolution are inspiring fresh exploration of these seminal events and their global impacts.  This roundtable brings together four contributors to the two volumes on  “The Wider Arc of Revolution,” part of the international scholarly series Russia's Great War and Revolution, 1914-1922; it is one of three, “linked” roundtables we are proposing in connection with this ambitious project.  Employing the concept of a “wider Arc of Revolution” affords new perspectives on the phenomenon of communist and anti-communist movements outside of Europe, in the wake of the Russian revolution.  The volumes on which the roundtable is based include scholarship that examines subjectivity and emotions in the socialist movement, and the way discourses regarding gender affected revolutionary selfhood . “Wider Arc” also examines the history of socialist philosophies, communist parties, and the revolutionary proletariat and peasantry in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and North America, including the emerging theme of subjectivity as inspired by the experience of Soviet socialism into the 1920s and 1930s.  Besides discussing their own contributions to the project, particiapnts--three of whom are editors of the volume-- will also discuss themes and findings of other contributors as well.  Series general editor John Steinberg will situate the “wider arc” within the larger series on Russia’s Great War and Revolution, a project combining the work of eight editorial teams, each dedicated to a specific theme or aspect of the Russian Empire’s career through the Great War, revolutionary upheaval and civil war, as well as the impacts of the revolution.  Slavica Press of Bloomington, Indiana, is publishing this series, which represents the contributions of nearly 300 scholars from around the world; the first three books appeared in 2014.  We believe the inherent interest of this roundtable allows it to stand on its own, but that our three roundtables taken together-- "The Wider Arc of the Russian Revolution,""The Perspective of the Central Powers on Russia's Great War and Revolution," and "The Russian Empire and Nationalism at War"--offer a uniquely wide-ranging approach to the impact of Russia's Great War and Revolution.