25 years ago, Antony Beevor wrote the definitive account of the Battle of Stalingrad, a formative moment in the forging of modern Russian identity. The book won multiple international awards and soon became a million-copy bestseller.

Now, Beevor turns his attention to the birth of the Soviet Union itself, with an in-depth look at the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the five years of conflict that followed it.

Using the most up to date scholarship and archival research, he weaves a compelling and complex narrative, telling the story through the eyes of everyone from the worker on the streets of Petrograd to the cavalry officer on the battlefield and the woman doctor in an improvised hospital.

This event is chaired by multi award winning presenter and the BBC’s Chief News Correspondent, Clive Myrie. In a career spanning more than 30 years he’s been the Corporation’s Africa, Asia, Europe and Washington Correspondent. He’s reported from more than 90 countries around the world and last year led the BBC’s coverage of the war in Ukraine, reporting live on the day of Russia’s invasion.

This event will take place at the British Library. It will be simultaneously live streamed on the British Library platform. Tickets may be booked either to attend in person (physical), or to watch on our platform (online) either live or within 48 hours on catch up. Viewing links will be sent out shortly before the event. The online version of this event will be live captioned.



Name:Russia: Revolution and Civil War 1917–1921
Where: Show Map      How to get to the Library
When:Sat 29 Apr 2023, 13:00 – 14:15
Price:From £2.50 – £10 Members’ priority booking opens 31 January, general sale 1 February
Enquiries:+44 (0)1937 546546 boxoffice@bl.uk