Geoffrey Bolton Lecture

2017 Geoffrey Bolton Lecture

 Professor Stuart Macintyre'From Bolshevism to Populism: Australia in a Century of Global Transformation'  is the topic of the 2017 Geoffrey Bolton Lecture. 

One of Australia’s most eminent historians, Professor Stuart Macintyre, will deliver the 2017 Geoffrey Bolton Lecture on Tuesday evening 14 November 2017 at the Government House Ballroom in Perth.

It is 100 years since the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia sparked the spread of revolutionary Marxism around the world. The significant political and social upheaval of the Revolution challenged the established order of world capitalism and profoundly changed the course of world history. Its effects were felt across the world for years to come, including in Australia.

In 2017 it could be argued that another global transformation is happening with the rise of populism. What has been the impact of these transformative movements in Australia over the last century? What does history reveal about the effects of these kinds of political and social changes on our society?

Professor Macintyre is Emeritus Laureate Professor of the University of Melbourne and is Professorial Fellow of its School of Historical and Philosophical Studies.

This is a free, but invitation only, event and you must register if you wish to attend. Please email to secure your place at the lecture.


 Geoffrey Bolton respondsThe Geoffrey Bolton Lecture series

Each year the State Records Office hosts a lecture in honour of the distinguished Australian historian, Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Bolton AO, who passed away on 3 September 2015. The Lecture series recognises Professor Bolton’s long period of use and promotion of archives, his service on various committees of the State Archives, and his overall contribution to the promotion of Australian history and culture.
The stated aims of the Geoffrey Bolton Lecture are twofold: to encourage the expression of ideas and debate about the meaning and nature of history, culture and society, grounded in archival research; and to provide archival and historical context to national debate on contemporary issues.
Since 2004 the lecture series has lifted the profile of archives and record keeping in Australia, and promotes debate about the use and interpretation of archives, in what is now a nationally important forum.


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