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November 17, 2022 at 18:00 to 19:00 GMT
Soviet History as Black Comedy
Thursday 17 November 2022 Winstanley Lecture Theatre 6 pm
In this talk, Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick will discuss the writing of her most recent book, Shortest History of the Soviet Union, and in particular, address the question of how historians deal with surprise.
Sheila Fitzpatrick is a historian of modern Russia and twentieth-century migration who is a Professor at the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, and Distinguished Service Professor Emerita of the University of Chicago. Her recent books include On Stalin’s Team: The Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics (2015), Mischka’s War (2017), White Russians, Red Peril: A Cold War History of Migration to Australia (2021) and The Shortest History of the Soviet Union (2022). She is currently writing a book on Soviet and Baltic “displaced persons” after the Second World War, Lost Souls, to be published by Princeton University Press.