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Lenin on the Train – Member Book Discussion Series
Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 10:30 am - 11:30 amFREE
Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 10:30am | The Museum of Russian Art
Lenin on the Train by Catherine Merridale
Led by Ruth Ann Benson, TMORA Docent
Registration opens January 13, 2018.
This is a free event. Space is limited. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.
In April 1917, as the Russian Tsar Nicholas II’s abdication sent shockwaves across war-torn Europe, the future leader of the Bolshevik revolution Vladimir Lenin was far away, exiled in Zurich. When the news reached him, Lenin immediately resolved to return to Petrograd and lead the revolt. But to get there, he would have to cross Germany, which meant accepting help from the deadliest of Russia’s adversaries. Millions of Russians at home were suffering as a result of German aggression, and to accept German aid―or even safe passage―would be to betray his homeland. Germany, for its part, saw an opportunity to further destabilize Russia by allowing Lenin and his small group of revolutionaries to return. Drawing on a dazzling array of sources and never-before-seen archival material, renowned historian Catherine Merridale provides a riveting, nuanced account of this enormously consequential journey―the train ride that changed the world―as well as the underground conspiracy and subterfuge that went into making it happen.
Exclusive to Members of The Museum of Russian Art, this series is a small group book discussion group led by a different docent each month. Read up with us, and join in the fun! All books available in The IZBA Gift Shop at The Museum of Russian Art.