Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula has pundits making claims about its “imperialist” and “authoritarian” nature–as though these supposedly intrinsic national traits account for all recent developments in the region. This seminar will review Russian history to provide context for those interested in interpreting Russia’s latest foreign policy decisions outside of the antagonistic Cold War perspective that too often dominates discussions of the world’s largest country. Do the latest moves by President Vladimir Putin suggest a return to aggressive Czarist land grabs or an attempt to recreate the Soviet Union; are they harbingers of a new type of nationalist imperialism; or are they indicators of something else going on in that nation and region? Join four experts on Russian and Soviet History as they discuss Russia’s imperial past, the powerful legacy of the Soviet Union, and the implications of Putin’s policies for modern states in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and beyond.
Topics & Speakers
Russian Empires and their Discontents
Martin A. Miller, Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, Duke University
What Kind of Empire Was the Soviet Union?
Donald J. Raleigh, Jay Richard Judson Distinguished Professor of History
Central Asia: The Most Soviet Part of the USSR
Eren Tasar, Assistant Professor of History
Post-Soviet Russia: Its Politics and Place in the World
Graeme Robertson, Associate Professor of Political Science
More Info: http://humanities.unc.edu/programs/adventures-in-ideas/russianimperialism/