History Events

Book Discussion: Marooned in Moscow: The Story of an American Woman Imprisoned in Soviet Russia

November 21, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Historian William Benton Whisenhunt will discuss the story and events behind the recently reissued memoir Marooned in Moscow, first published just months after Marguerite Harrison’s release from a Bolshevik prison in 1921. The book provides a fascinating account of Harrison’s entry into war-torn Russia in early 1920, first-person impressions of many in the top Soviet leadership, and her increasingly dangerous work as a journalist and spy, to say nothing of her work on behalf of prisoners, her two arrests, and her eventual ten-month-long imprisonment, including in the infamous Lubyanka prison. Whisenhunt will explain who Harrison was, how she got into this kind of work, and give examples of her extraordinary work at this critical time in Russian history.
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"African American Women Refugees in the Civil War" A lecture by Dr. Thavolia Glymph

November 17, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
United States Studies
Join US Studies and the National Women's History Museum on Thursday, November 17 for the second lecture in "The Past, Present, and Future of U.S. Women's History" series.

Peasants Under Siege: The Collectivization of Romanian Agriculture, 1949-1962—On Creating Communist Authority in Everyday Life

November 16, 2011 // 12:00pm1:30pm
Global Europe Program
Gail Kligman, professor of sociology at UCLA and director of UCLA's Center for European and Eurasian Studies will discuss her latest book entitled Peasants Under Siege which explores the collectivization campaign in Romania (1949-1962) and its far-reaching effects.
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China in the World/The World in China

November 16, 2011 // 9:30am11:00am
Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
How is it that the Communist Party in China remains in power more than 20 years after the collapse of the Berlin Wall and changes in Moscow triggered confident talk of an impending "Leninist Extinction"? What kind of impact on the world is China's economic boom and rising influence in global affairs having?

Weimar Russia? Why Post-Soviet Authoritarianism Did Not Turn Fascist

November 15, 2011 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
The speaker will compare inter-war Germany and post-communist Russia, and compare both nations’ very different political paths. Like in Weimar Germany, in today’s Russia, fascist actors are present, and nationalism is widespread in the population. The post-Soviet Russian situation is, however, distinct from the inter-war German one in that the party system is heavily manipulated and the third sector remains underdeveloped. Fascists have thus neither had a chance to use elections nor did they have the opportunity to penetrate civil society in order to build up political support. The continuing presence of a resolutely authoritarian, yet non-fascist "national leader" (Vladimir Putin) is a hindrance for the country to become a liberal democracy, but makes it, for the time being, also improbable that the Russian regime will transgress towards fascism.

Offsite Event: Ideological Storms: Intellectuals and the Totalitarian Temptation

November 15, 2011 // 9:00am4:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
The conference will provide an overview of the main issues raised by the temptation of the extremes in the 20th century and their weight upon the contemporary world. This conference will be held off-site at the Embassy of Romania.
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Ideological Storms: Intellectuals and the Totalitarian Temptation

November 14, 2011 // 9:00am3:15pm
Cold War International History Project
The conference will provide an overview of the main issues raised by the temptation of the extremes in the 20th century and their weight upon the contemporary world.
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Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse

November 09, 2011 // 4:00pm5:15pm
Asia Program
In an upcoming Asia Program book launch of Shelley Rigger’s, "Why Taiwan Matters," Rigger explores Taiwan's importance to China, the United States, and the world.
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The Economics of the Civil Rights Revolution in the South

November 07, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Organized in collaboration with the History and Public Policy Program and the National History Center.
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The Second Annual IFES–WWICS Washington Forum “Security and Development on the Korean Peninsula”

November 02, 2011 // 10:00am3:00pm
North Korea International Documentation Project
The IFES-WWICS Forum seeks to bring a broader historical perspective to current issues affecting the Korean peninsula by conveying the importance of deep historical continuities in DPRK policies.

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