A book discussion lecture with author GEOFFREY HOSKING, Professor of History, University of London, and discussant ARCH GETTY, Professor of History, UCLA.
In this illuminating book, Geoffrey Hosking explores what the Soviet experience meant for Russians and analyzes how the Soviet state molded Russian identity, beginning with the impact of the Bolshevik Revolution and civil war. He discusses the severe dislocations resulting from collectivization and industrialization; the relationship between ethnic Russians and other Soviet peoples; the dramatic effects of World War II on ideas of homeland and patriotism; the separation of "Russian" and "Soviet" culture; leadership and the cult of personality; and the importance of technology in the Soviet world view.
Sponsor(s): Center for European and Eurasian Studies
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