Wilson Center Experts

Ivan Kurilla

Former Kennan Institute Short-term Scholar
Kennan Institute

Russia and Eurasia
Professor, Volgograd State University
Wilson Center Project(s):
Russian-American Relations from the 1830s to the 1860s.
Jun 01, 2002
Jul 01, 2002

Project Summary

This project seeks to reconstruct diplomatic relations during the 1830s-1860s, a period of time characterized by antagonism despite their internal similarities. Liberal European public opinion held that America was an democratic citadel and Russia was the autocratic stronghold. This project determines how relations between the countries and peoples were constructed and their solutions to ethnic nationalism within a multi-ethnic society by a reconstruction of the internal debates.

Previous Terms at the Wilson Center:
September - December 1997: " Russian-American Relations -- 1848-1855" - An examination of Russian-American relations during the disintegration of the Vienna system of international relations between the European revolutions of 1848 and the start of the Crimean War (1853). This project assesses whether the two countries successfully cooperated in creating new diplomatic conventions.

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