Mika Vale is a doctoral student at University College, Durham, working on the impact of the Russian Revolution on the intellectual culture of Britain in the 1920s and 1930s. His research focuses on the various levels of engagement with the idea of Russia among British thinkers, with particular attention to the changing nature of the public perception of the Russian state. His first chapter is on the the travelogues published shortly after the Revolution by Bertrand Russell, H. G. Wells, and Arthur Ransome. His second chapter deals with the texts by John Maynard Keynes and Harold Laski written around the 1926 General Strike, which deal specifically with Russian communism and the emergent radicalism developing in Britain. Mika is also a convenor of the ‘Inventions of the Text’ seminar series at the Durham University English department.
15 March 2016: ‘Bertrand Russell’s “The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism”‘