On February 26, a research seminar held by the International Centre for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences included a presentation by Alain Blum (France) called ‘The Long Echo of War: The Return of the Specially Resettled Peoples to the Baltic in the 1950s through the 1980s’
The presentation covered the long process of former deportees’ liberation, which the speaker stressed was the so-called “echo” of the war and Stalinism. The deportations, conducted from 1940 to 1952 from the western territories of the USSR, are closely associated with both the military logic and the totalitarian policies of Stalin. Interweaving through them are the battle against insurgencies that broke out in these areas, repressive measures against those who collaborated with the Germans, as well as the resumption of unfinished Sovietization of society and collectivization of agriculture.
On December 3, Research Fellow Seth Bernstein gave a lecture called ‘The Komsomol and the Militarization of Soviet Youth on the Eve of the Second World War’
The report covered an analysis of the concept of ‘militarization’ and of how militarization in general affected the history of the Komsomol and military sports education in the Soviet Union during the second half of the 1930s and early 1940s.
Rethinking the History of the Second World War: How the United States Made the Soviet Union a Superpower
On May 20, the HSE’s Department of History held a lecture by Professor Hiroaki Kuromiya (Indiana University) as part of an academic seminar of the Centre for the History and Sociology of World War II. The lecture was called “Rethinking the History of the Second World War: How the United States Made the Soviet Union a Superpower.”
The National Research University Higher School of Economics, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, the Blavatnik Family Foundation, the German Historical Institute Moscow, the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs, Kritika, and Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Georgetown Institute for Global History, Georgetown University, with the support of the Centre d’études des mondes russe, caucasien, et centre-européen at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, invite applications for a conference on World War II and the Holocaust in the Soviet Union. The conference will be held December 7-9, 2012, in Moscow, Russia, at the Higher School of Economics.