Jonathan Sicotte's presentation "Oil and Violence in Baku, 1905 - 1938"
On March 24 postdoctoral research fellow at the International Center for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences, NRU HSE Jonathan Sicotte will give a presentation “Oil and Violence in Baku, 1905 - 1938” at the scholarly seminar of the International Center for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences
This lecture discusses the economic, social and political metamorphosis of Baku, Azerbaijan over the period from 1905 to 1938, when this growing boom-town became a city divided by ethnic and political violence, and later was reconfigured as a critical oil production center of the Soviet Union. It will address how Baku’s industry, crude oil drilling and petrochemical refinement, had profound social, political, and economic effects on the city—not only on the urban physical environment of the city itself but on demographics and livelihood of its population. In addition, this lecture will illustrate how outbreaks of violence and other major historical events affected Baku across this period, especially during the Russian Civil War and its aftermath. These changes helped promulgate the splintering of political identity and the contemporaneous shift in material circumstance which occurred in the city across the early twentieth-century.
The seminar will take place on March 24 at 5 pm at Staraya Basmannaya 21/4, building L, room L-401.
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The seminar will be held in English.