Talk: What Happened in 1917? – Peace, Bread, Land: The Economics of Revolution

Wednesday 01 March 2017, 7:00pm — 9:00pm

This talk is now full, but you can RSVP for more in the Revisiting Revolution season here:

​Thu 9 Mar – Russian Art of the 20th Century

Thu 6 Apr – (No) Sex in the USSR? 1917 and Sexual Liberation

Fri 28 & Sat 29 Apr – The Museum After the Revolution

Thu 4 May – Organising the Masses: Media and the Russian Revolution


As part of The Future Remains: Revisiting Revolution, Calvert 22 Foundation is hosting a series of lively debates about the lasting impact of the "ten days that shook the world".

What Happened in 1917? will bring together leading UK scholars and theorists with their counterparts from across the New East for critical explorations of the legacy of the Russian Revolution and our shifting views across the last 100 years.

Join us at these dynamic evenings for lively discussions and new perspectives on social history, economics, sex, media, alcohol and fashion.


Peace, Bread, Land: The Economics of Revolution

What was the fate of the Petrograd Stock Exchange? Did the Bolsheviks create a model for modern systems of healthcare?

This discussion will interrogate the most intriguing aspects of the economic transformation of Russia after 1917. With expertise in informal economies, corruption and social welfare, as well as professional experience of the ins and outs (and ups and downs) of the financial sector, the panel will address the impact of Russia’s economic fate from Revolution through to ‘shock therapy’ and after.  

Participating speakers:

Chaired by Maxim Bouev, Head of the Department of Economics of the European University, St Petersburg

Christopher Davis is the Reader in Command and Transition Economies at the University of Oxford. He studies the economies of the USSR/Russia and Eastern Europe, and his specialist fields of research are demography, social welfare and the economics of the health and defense sectors.

Sergei Guriev is Chief Economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, London, Professor of Economics at SciencesPo, Paris, and is a research affiliate of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London. His principle research interests are corporate governance, political economics and labour mobility. In addition to his numerous academic posts and publications, he has also contributed columns to the New York Times, the Financial Times, Vedemosti, the Washington Post and the Moscow Times, amongst others.

Alena Ledeneva is Professor of Politics and Society at SSEES, UCL. She is an expert in informal governance in Russia and her research interests include corruption and informal economies. Her books include Russia's Economy of Favours: Blat, Networking, and Informal Exchange (Cambridge University Press, 1998), How Russia Really Works: Informal Practices in the 1990s (Cornell University Press, 2006), and Can Russia Modernize? Sistema, Power Networks and Informal Governance (Cambridge University Press, 2013).


Organised in partnership with the European University at St Petersburg.


Booking terms & conditions

A deposit of £5 will be taken in lieu of a ticket, which will be fully refunded when you attend the event or send someone else in your place. Not attending the event and not sending anyone else in your place will mean you lose your deposit. 

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We have a 12-hour cancellation policy, meaning you can cancel your ticket up to 12 hours before the event start time by emailing and the deposit will be refunded to your account. For any cancellations made outside this time frame the deposit becomes non-refundable.