This week Academic Director of Radley College, Mr Stephen Rathbone, enlightened the Williams Project faithful with a resounding presentation on the topic: ‘Revolutions: Meet the new boss, same as the old boss’. It was a great pleasure for all budding historians and political scientists as our eyes were exposed to the fact that not everything in history appears as it seems. His presentation boomeranged us on a historical timeline of revolutions from Chigwell to Paris, Moscow, Beijing, Tahir Square and then back to present day riotous London.
Little beforehand had we noticed the veracity of George Orwell’s statement ‘one does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.’ Mr Rathbone revealed to us the transition from apparently glorious revolutions to the homicidal megalomania of Robespierre, Stalin and Mao. He left us in the end with an empowering message to go forth and convert our passions into a bank of historical knowledge and understanding, even suggesting iconic pieces of literature to begin with. It was a wonderful experience for all who attended.