09 October 2017
The Russian Revolution of 1917 was not only a political revolution.
It was an unprecedented thought experiment – a revolution in ideas.
Historian Justin Champion explores a revolutionary moment that drew on the ideas of Plato and Thomas Moore’s ‘Utopia’ as much as it did on Marx, bringing in new concepts and vocabularies, transforming Western thought in the process. This ‘revolution in ideas’ span from early thinking about the biosphere and systems theory, to women’s emancipation and racial equality, in architecture, social science and experiments in art and music.