International Scientific Workshop: 100 years of the October Revolution of Russia and Real Socialism: Historical values and contemporary significance (1917 – 2017)
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The workshop aimed at profoundly assessing the values of the Great October Socialist Revolution and its influences, and the achievements and drawbacks of Real Socialism in the last 100 years. Also the workshop examined the opportunities and challenges of Real Socialism in Vietnam as well as its trends in the world.

                                         The panorama of the workshop

Attending the workshop were scientists, research experts and senior managers from Cuba, Laos, Russia, China and Sweden. Amongst Vietnamese participants were leaders and former leaders of the Academy and representatives of governmental agencies, Hanoi-based institutes and universities. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang, Member of the Central Party Committee, Secretary of the Academy’s Secretariat cum President of the Academy and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Quoc Ly, Vice President of the Academy co-chaired the workshop.

In his opening speech to the workshop, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang, President of the Academy emphasized on the significance of the 100th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution, since that revolution had given birth to Real Socialism – a new model of society, fairer and more democratic. A century of transitional period toward Socialism has witnessed various ups and downs with both successes and failures in countries mentioned above. Thanks to that fluctuating period, each nation on its own path toward Socialism has gained valuable experiences and thus, initially formulated some rules of the construction of socialism.

A century of Real Socialism’s construction resulted in both victories and defeats, requiring “to repeatly do what seemingly have already been done” (Karl Marx). This reality has provided the theoretical understanding and mixed feelings to those who honor and believe in the cause of revolution and development. The course of realizing socialism is definitely glorious but does entail hard work.

The diverse realities of Real Socialism over the past century when viewed from scientific perspective could help conclude a number issues of rules and experiences which efficiently facilitate the construction of Socialism in each nation. In addition, these realities brought about the establishment of scientific proof for those who love and respect Socialism and who are struggling for its core values, namely development, justice, equality, freedom, democracy and peace. It follows that in the 21st century, humankind is still in transition toward Socialism, but well equipped with new knowledge obtained from observations of the world in the past 100 years and of the current reforms and innovations.

With many submitted papers and presented ideas, the international workshop on “100 years of the October Revolution of Russia and Real Socialism: Historical values and contemporary significance” (1917 – 2017) shed light on various aspects of the topic, such as the October Revolution’s history and heritage significance as a pioneer, and its enlightenment in last 100 years; reviewing the formation and development of Real Socialism in each country as well as socialist trends in the world over the past century.

Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang, President of the Academy made an opening speech at the workshop

Prof. Dr. V.V.Kondrashin, Director of the Economic History Center, Institute of Russian History, Russian Academy of Sciences, member of the Council of Russian Federation delivered his speech at the workshop

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Thong Sa Lit Mang No Meck, President of Laos’ National Academy of Politics and Public Administration made a speech at the workshop

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News, photo: Do Dung & Manh Thang

Translator: Hoai Linh/ Proofreader: Dr Le Xuan Tung