The fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of Stalinism

Date: Saturday 31st October
Time: 15:30 - 17:15
Location: Student Central, Room 3D
Speaker: Marie Frederiksen

30 years ago, the Berlin Wall was brought down, marking the beginning of the end for the Stalinist regimes in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.

At the time, this was arrogantly heralded by liberals as being 'the end of history' - that is, the supposed end of all serious challenges to capitalism. Within two decades, however, it was the capitalist system that was beginning to break apart across the world. As a result, the ideas of socialism and Marxism are firmly back on the agenda, and a new generation is once again exporing the history of Communism.

In this session, Marie Frederiksen looks back at the dramatic events of 1989 and discusses where Stalinism came from, what it represented, and why it eventually collapsed.

Recommended reading: The fall of the Berlin Wall

Recommended listening: Stalinism