24 Feb Book launch - Professor Jeremy Smith: Red Nations: The Nationalities Experience in and after the USSR

Welcome to discuss the recently published book written by Professor Jeremy Smith, Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland.

Time and venue: 24 February, 2014, at 16.00, Place: room AU101, Aurora II Building (Yliopistokatu 2, Joensuu)

Red Nations: The Nationalities Experience in and after the USSR (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

Red Nations offers an illuminating and informative overview of how the non-Russian republics of the Soviet Union experienced communist rule. It surveys the series of historical events that contributed to the break-up of the Soviet Union and evaluates their continuing resonance across post-soviet states today. The readers will find this an indispensable contribution to the history of the dissolution of the USSR, the reconstruction of post-Soviet society, and its impact on non-Russian citizens from the years of the Russian Revolution through to the present day.
Introduction to the book: Author, Professor Jeremy Smith (Karelian Institute, UEF) Discussant: Risto Alapuro, Emeritus Professor of Sociology (University of Helsinki)

‘Jeremy Smith has given us the first comprehensive account of the turns and twists of Soviet nationality policies from the revolution to the present. An acknowledged expert on the USSR's practices among non-Russian peoples, Smith shows how nations were constructed and reconstructed by an ostensibly internationalist socialist state that both promoted ethnic cultures but also exiled whole peoples to eradicate perceived threats to the regime. The importance of this story should not be underestimated.'
Ronald Grigor Suny, Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History, University of Michigan

‘Jeremy Smith offers a full and clearly written account of Soviet nationality policies and their impact on the peoples of the Soviet Union. This should become a standard work on the subject.'
Geoffrey Hosking, Emeritus Professor of Russian History, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London

VERA Centre for Russian and Border Studies coordinates and supports research and education programmes on Russian and border studies at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF). VERA strengthens research and education networks as well as promotes national and international dialogue of the university and other regional stakeholders.

Publishing year: 2014

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