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Artemy Kalinovsky: 100 Years Later – Legacies of the Soviet Experiment
06-11-2017 at 20:00 - 22:00
100 Years Later: Legacies of the Soviet Experiment
One hundred years minus one day ago, the October Revolution took place. Beginning in Petrograd (Saint Petersburg), the Bolshevik movement led by Vladimir Lenin overthrew the provisional government and established the world’s first self-proclaimed socialist state. This event would leave an indelible stamp on the history of Russia, the region and – indeed – the entire world. But how can we, in hindsight, assess the Soviet ‘experiment’ to improve the human condition? What were its results, which lessons can we learn from it and which remains can we still find today?
Tonight, we’ll give the floor to Artemy Kalinovsky, Assistant Professor of East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He has written several books on Soviet history, including A Long Goodbye: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan (2011) and the Routledge Handbook of Cold War Studies (2014). Kalinovsky’s current research pays special attention to politics and development in Soviet Central Asia. This lecture will draw on his upcoming book, tentatively titled Laboratory of Socialist Development: Social Welfare, Decolonization, and the Struggle for Modernity in Soviet Tajikistan.
This lecture is organised by Aspiring Dispuut Mancala. The event is free and open to everyone.