Scholarly Activity at the Center
Researchers at the International Center for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences produce work in several areas:
— various aspects of the Nazi occupation regime and the life of Soviet citizens under occupation, including collaboration and comparative analysis of the occupied areas of the USSR with other parts of occupied Europe
— the politics of propaganda in the USSR and Nazi Germany
— the dynamics and forms of violence, especially in the Holocaust, including the role of ideology, politics and the local conditions where violence took place
— the social and cultural history of Stalinism during wartime and the reaction of the Soviet political system and Soviet society on the Nazi invasion
— the liberation and re-sovietization of occupied regions, as well as the experience of Soviet citizens who came to Europe as part of the Red Army
— comparative analysis of occupation and liberation politics, including the comparison between the Russian and non-Russian occupied areas of the USSR, between the occupation of the USSR and Eastern Europe, and between the Eastern Front and other areas of Europe
— World War II considered as part of the broader development of the USSR and the comparison of World War II with other conflicts of the twentieth century
The results of the Center’s research have appeared in a number of books and articles published in the leading journals for Slavic studies. In addition, the Center also focuses on the study of people at war through the spread of new archival documents. Scholars at the Center are active in publishing ego sources, in particular wartime diaries.
The Center houses the scholarly-instructional group Social History of the Second World War, whose members are currently working on the project “The Harvard Project: Forgotten Testimony about the Second World War.” A result of this work will include the publication of a collection of materials from the Harvard Project about World War II.
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