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Lenin on the Train

Professor Catherine Merridale FBA, writer and historian

Date/Time: Tuesday 28 February 2017

In April 1917, at the height of the First World War, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin took a train from his place of exile in Zurich. He was the leader of the most intransigent of Marxist factions, the Russian Bolsheviks, and he was heading for the revolutionary Russian capital, Petrograd. This lecture explored the politics and retraced the route – which includes a cast of plotters, chancers, spies and dreamers – behind the most momentous train journey in history.