David Aaronovitch (c) Nigel Barklie

David Aaronovitch

Coleridge Lectures 2016: Utopia and Twentieth-Century Communism

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Thu 19 May 2016

David Aaronovitch

Coleridge Lectures 2016: Utopia and Twentieth-Century Communism

David Aaronovitch (c) Nigel Barklie
Thu 19 May 2016,

This event is fully booked. Due to the high number of no-shows at free events, we expect empty seats on the night. You are welcome to queue for these and we will admit on a first come, first serve basis 5 minutes before the start of the event.

What made millions worldwide – and tens of thousands of people in the UK – believe in Communism as a new utopia even when the evidence showed that not only had it failed to work but had led to the deaths of millions of people in the Soviet Union? Is it the idea that’s the problem? Is there anything that can be salvaged from the failure of Communism for the Left now? David Aaronovitch – Times columnist, and author of Party Animals: My Family and Other Communists – explores these questions and other related issues through the story of his own family and their role in the British Communist Party in the twentieth century.

This lecture is part of an annual series inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s radical lectures in Bristol in 1795. The 2016 theme is Utopias. Future themes include Revolution (2017) and Peace (2018).

Image credit: Nigel Barklie

 

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