WesSeminar – Lenin’s Brother: A Tale of Two Families
Philip Pomper, professor of history (emeritus as of this year), is lecturing Saturday morning about the life of Vladimir Lenin’s older brother, based on his new book Lenin’s Brother: The Origins of the October Revolution:
The hanging of Alexander Ulyanov, Lenin’s older brother, pushed Vladimir onto the path of revolution. The eldest son in a relatively privileged family, Alexander appeared to be following in his father’s footsteps. The family had no inkling that he had joined a terrorist conspiracy at the end of 1886, only months after he’d won a gold medal for his junior thesis. The regime hanged Alexander and four other members of the plot in May 1887. The arrest, trial, and hanging dramatically changed the family’s situation and produced a crisis in Alexander’s younger brother, Vladimir.
Join professor Pomper for a discussion of his new book, which probes the psychodynamics of the terrorist group, Alexander Ulyanov’s choice of terrorism, Lenin’s reaction to the shock of his brother’s secret, and how it affected the October Revolution.
Introduction: William “Vijay” Pinch, professor of history
Worth waking up for, for your Cold-War-nostalgic visiting relatives.
Date: Saturday, May 22
Time: 9 am
Place: Crowell Concert Hall