Thursday, Mar 11, 12:00 pm
Bumping Up Against Ukraine as an Historian of Russia
Lewis H. Siegelbaum, Jack and Margaret Sweet Professor Emeritus of History
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About the talk:
"Bumping Up Against Ukraine as an Historian of Russia" examines the body of work I did in my career at MSU as it relates to that part of Europe that became the Ukrainian SSR in 1919 and the independent state of Ukraine in 1991. Labor history, family history, Jewish life, the Holocaust, seasonal migration, Soviet politics, and the collapse of that multinational state course through the talk suggesting the multiplicity of ways Ukraine has affected and been influenced by these themes across the twentieth century and up to the present. The talk is derived from a lot of the self-reflection that went into the writing of my memoir Stuck on Communism: Memoir of a Russian Historian (Northern Illinois, 2019) and is indicative of my non-national/ist approach to history. An intellectual autobiography that is also a biography of the field of Anglophone Soviet history, Stuck on Communism is a guide for how to lead a life on the Left that integrates political and professional commitments. Siegelbaum reveals the attractiveness of Communism as an object of study and its continued relevance decades after its disappearance from the landscape of its origin."