International Conference

European Elites and Revolutionary Change:
1789 – 1848 – 1917.

The Aftermath

Organised by Anna Ananieva and Andreas Schönle

London, 2 – 3 November 2017

Conference Rationale

Conference Programme:

Thursday, 2 November 2017


Welcome & Introduction: Anna Ananieva & Andreas Schönle


Chair: Professor Andreas Schönle (QMUL)


Professor William Doyle (University of Bristol)
“The Limits of Legislation: Beliefs and Bloodlines”

14:45 – 15:30

Dr Friedemann Pestel (University of Freiburg)
“La France du dehors: French Émigrés and European Spaces of Political Exile“

15:30-16:00 Coffee break


Professor David Duff (QMUL)
“The Prospectus War of the 1790s: New Light on the French Revolution Debate in Britain”


Dr Alexandra Veselova (RAS, St Petersburg) & Mikhail Miliutin (St Petersburg State University)
“The Russian ‚glorious revolution‘ of 1762 and the French ‚bloodshed‘ of 1789  in the assessment of a Russian provincial nobleman of the 18th century (according to the memoirs of A.T. Bolotov)“

Friday, 3 November 2017


Chair: Professor Christina von Hodenberg (QMUL)


Professor Dr Heinrich Best (University of Jena)
“The Apprenticeship of Democratic Representation: The Frankfurt and Paris National Assemblies in the Revolutions of 1848 – 1849”


Dr Jonathan Kwan (University of Nottingham)
“The Experience of the 1848-49 Revolutions and the Development of Liberalism in the Habsburg Monarchy”

10:45-11:15 Coffee break


Dr Denis Sdvizhkov (GHI Moscow)
“The Revolution that Did Not Happen: Russia and the Impact of 1848”

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch


Chair: Professor Dr Klaus Gestwa (University of Tübingen)


Professor Dr Dietrich Beyrau (University of Tübingen)
“Destruction, Dispersion and Survival of an Elite: The Case of the Russian Empire 1917-1922”


Jane Pritchard MBE (V&A London)
“The Shock of the New: The impact of Russian Revolutionary Theatre on the Ballets Russes and related companies”

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break


Dr Markian Prokopovych (University of Birmingham)
“Transformation of Urban Spaces in Interwar Central Europe: Continuities and Ruptures in Architecture and the Symbolic Politics of Space”


Dr Olga Sobolev & Dr Angus Wrenn (LSE)
“Interpreting the ‘Writing on the Eastern Wall of Europe’: G. B. Shaw & H. G. Wells on the Russian Revolution”

17 – 18 Final Discussion


Dr Anna Ananieva, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow
Prof Andreas Schönle FBA, Professor of Russian
Queen Mary University of London
School of Languages, Linguistics, and Film
Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS

Conference Venue:

Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Campus
Arts Two Building, School of History
Senior Common Room
London E1 4NS

The conference is free to attend, and is open to academics from all research backgrounds.

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Conference Report: Johanna Heisig, European Elites and Revolutionary Change: 1789 – 1848 – 1917. The Aftermath, 02.11.2017 – 03.11.2017 London, in: H-Soz-Kult, 08.12.2017, <>.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 655429.