U.K. historians Sarah Davies and James Harris will speak about their forthcoming monograph, based on research in Stalin’s personal archive. UCLA historian Arch Getty will moderate.
The panel discussion will include presentations by Sarah Davies on "Projecting the Vision: Stalin's Words" and James Harris on "How Stalin Processed and Interpreted Information."
Sarah Davies is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History, Durham University, UK. She specializes in the cultural, social and political history of the Soviet Union in the Stalin era (1920s-1953). Her first book, Popular Opinion in Stalin’s Russia (CUP, 1997) was awarded the Alec Nove prize. She received AHRC funding for a project on Stalin’s personal archive, which has resulted in a forthcoming monograph, Stalin on Stalinism, jointly-authored with James Harris. She also has interests in Soviet cinema and the culture of the Cold War.
James Harris is Senior Lecturer in Modern European History, University of Leeds, UK. His research focuses on dictatorship and anti-liberal ideas in 20th century Europe, particularly the Soviet Union under Stalin. He is currently working on a general history of Stalin's Great Terror, which will explore how Stalin and the Soviet leadership came to convince themselves in the mid-1930s that Soviet power was under threat. His first book, The Great Urals: Regionalism and the Evolution of the Soviet System (Cornell UP, 1999), explored the relationship between the seat of Soviet power in Moscow and the regional party elites in the course of the first two decades of Soviet power.
Sponsor(s): Center for European and Eurasian Studies
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