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HSE History Professors Win South African Book of the Year Award

The Hidden Thread. Russia and South Africa in the Soviet Era
The Hidden Thread. Russia and South Africa in the Soviet Era
South African publishing conglomerate Media 24 has awarded the book The Hidden Thread. Russia and South Africa in the Soviet Eraby Professors Irina Filatova and Apollon Davidson of HSE’s Faculty of History the Recht Malan Prize for Best Non-Fiction of the year. This is the country’s top literary award for works of nonfiction.

The Hidden Thread. Russia and South Africa in the Soviet Era (Cape Town, Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball, 2013) was a development of the authors’ work in Russian – Russia and South Africa: Building Bridgesand Russia and South Africa: Three Centuries of Relations – but The Hidden Thread reveals material never before published.

According to Apollon Davidson, a great deal in the history of relations between Soviet Russia and South Africa has been hidden from the public eye and professional historians for decades. Filatova and Davidson, who were the first Russian scholars to visit South Africa, attempted to fill these gaps with others’ stories and with their own memories.

In 1989, Davidson and Filatova were invited to South Africa by the Institute for Democracy. The two were subsequently invited on numerous occasions by various South African universities to teach and conduct research. Irina Filatova supervised the Department of History at the University of Durban-Westville, and Apollon Davidson was organizer and director of the Russian Research Centre at the University of Cape Town. Their books and articles are currently published in South Africa, Europe and America.

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