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The Department of International History hosts numerous lectures, roundtables, debates and workshops by our academics, visiting academics and others. Members of the Department are also involved in a series of events at LSE and around the world. Below is a selection of these events by chronological order. Our events are usually free and open to all. We make video and audio recordings available on this page whenever possible.

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Professor Vladislav Zubok
21 March 2017, Tuesday, 18:00-19:00, CON.7.05, LSE

The Idea of Russia - Book Launch and Conversation with Professor Vladislav Zubok

Professor Vladislav Zubok

In his new book, published in January 2017 by I.B.Tauris, Professor Zubok explores the life and works of eminent Russian intellectual Dmitry Likhachev, ranked by the contemporaries as one of the two ‘main natural ideologues of contemporary Russia,’ next to Alexander Solzhenitsyn. The life of Likhachev (1906-1999) spanned the century from Tsarist rule to the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of contemporary Russia. Born in St. Petersburg, Likhachev was arrested shortly after completing his university education, charged with counter-revolutionary ideas and imprisoned for four years in the Gulag. He was able to return to his home city, stayed there during the worst time of the Siege in 1941-42. During those trying times, Likhachev defended his dissertation and became a scholar of ancient Russian culture. After Stalin’s death in 1953, he became a public intellectual, engaged in the preservation of legacy and revival of cultural life of his country. One of his main missions was to combat Russian nationalism and to overcome cultural alienation between Russia and Europe.

This is the first biography of Dmitry Likhachev. The book was simultaneously published in Russian translation in St. Petersburg. Likhachev’s vision of Russia continues, after his death, to be an important alternative to illiberal and anti-Western ideologies that became widespread in recent years. In his talk, Professor Zubok spoke about the main themes of his book and their relevance to the current affairs in Russia.

Vladislav Zubok is Professor of International History, with expertise on the Cold War, the Soviet Union, Stalinism, and Russia’s intellectual history in the 20th century. He has previously taught at Stanford University, University of Michigan, Amherst College, Temple University and Ohio University and has served as a fellow at the National Security Archive, a non-government organization at the University of George Washington. His books include A Failed Empire: the Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev (2007) and Zhivago’s Children: the Last Russian Intelligentsia (2009).
15 March 2017, Wednesday, 14:00-16:00, 32 LIF G.24, LSE

Post-1945 US Cold War Public Diplomacy, and the Voices and Sounds of Empire

Speakers: Professor Andrew Rotter (Colgate University): ‘Imperial Soundscapes: India and the Philippines’
Professor Jason Parker (Texas A&M University): ‘A “New Babel of Voices”: US Cold War Public Diplomacy and the Rise of the Third World’
Chair: Professor Matthew Jones (pictured)

Andy Rotter is Charles A. Dana Professor of History and Peace and Conflict Studies at Colgate University. He is the author of many books and articles on US foreign relations and international history, including Hiroshima: The World's Bomb (Oxford University Press, 2008); Comrades at Odds: The United States and India, 1947-1964 (Cornell University Press, 2000); and The Path to Vietnam (Cornell University Press, 1987).
Jason Parker is an Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University. As well as articles in Diplomatic History, the Journal of African American History, and International History Review, he is the author of Brother’s Keeper: The United States, Race, and Empire in the British Caribbean, 1937-1962 (Oxford University Press, 2008) and Hearts, Minds, Voices: US Cold War Public Diplomacy and the Formation of the Third World (Oxford University Press, 2016).
6 March 2017, Monday, 17:00, Vera Anstey Room, Old Building, LSE

Department of International History and The Radical Americas Network: In Conversation with George Ciccariello-Maher

Speaker: Dr George Ciccariello-Maher
Chair: Dr William Booth

In conversation with Dr William Booth (Radical Americas Network and LSE), Dr Ciccariello-Maher discussed the current state of the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela, as well as his new book - which brings the theories of Sorel, Fanon and Dussel to a Venezuelan context - and the challenges for radical academics in the current conjuncture.

Dr George Ciccariello-Maher is author of We Created Chavez: A People's History of the Venezuelan Revolution (Duke University Press, 2013), Building the Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela (Verso, 2016) and Decolonizing Dialectics (Duke University Press, 2017). He is Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at Drexel University.

22 February 2017, Wednesday, 16:30-18:00, Wolfson Theatre, LSE

Department of International History and LSE Literary Festival: 1917: Historical and Global Perspectives

SpeakersDr Tanya Harmer, Dr Nataliya KibitaDr David Motadel
ChairProfessor David Stevenson

The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 transformed the world. But it was neither the first global revolution nor the last revolution to have widespread resonance. So how should we understand its significance and relationship to global history 100 years after it took place? To discuss these issues, this panel places 1917 in a historical perspective and examines its implications around the world.

LSE's 9th Literary Festival marked the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, but also anniversaries of revolutions in literature, international relations, politics, religion and science.

Dr David Motadel: “Waves of Revolution: Thoughts on the Global History of Revolt.”

Dr David Motadel gives a brief, general overview of the international spread of revolts during major revolutionary moments in modern history: the Atlantic Revolutions; the spread of the 1848 revolts across Europe (and beyond); the 1905-15 upheavals in Asia; the Socialist revolts of 1917-1921; the Wilsonian uprisings of 1919; the events of 1989; and finally the 'Arab spring'. He examines the nature of these revolutionary waves, considering factors such as communication and the exchange of ideas and slogans.

Dr Nataliya Kibita: “The Long-lasting Legacy of the Russian Revolution in Ukraine.”

The Soviet Union, the state that was created as a result of the Russian revolution of 1917 no longer exists. Its economic model collapsed, while its ideology is discredited. Yet some political institutions that had been formed during the Soviet times are very much alive even today. Dr Nataliya Kibita looks at how political institutions that had been formed in Ukraine in 1917 developed and consolidated during the Soviet times and survived the fall of the Soviet Union. She argues that political institutions that had been formed under the pressure of Ukrainian nationalism in 1917 and transformed under the pressure of Russian centralism after 1920 protect Ukraine today from becoming an authoritarian state.

Dr Tanya Harmer: “Latin America’s Revolutionary Twentieth Century.”

What were the impacts and legacies of the Bolshevik Revolution in Latin America? How did it feed into the region’s revolutionary twentieth century? A hundred years after the Bolshevik Revolution and fifty years after Che Guevara’s death in Bolivia, Dr Tanya Harmer offers a broad history of revolution in Latin America from Mexican Revolution in 1910 to the Cuban Revolution of 1959 and the Central American revolutionary insurgencies of the 1980s. In examining the history of revolution in the region, she argues that the Bolshevik Revolution was a pivotal moment for left-wing politics but that local ideas and people were also vitally important.

David Motadel is an Assistant Professor of International History at LSE. He works on the history of modern Europe and Europe’s relations with the wider world. He is the author of a book on the history of Muslims under German rule in the Second World War (Harvard University Press, 2014), ranging from North Africa and the Balkans to the Caucasus and the Crimea, and the editor of a volume on Islam in the European empires (Oxford University Press, 2014). His articles have been published in a number of journals, including  Past and Present, the  Journal of Contemporary History, and the  Historical Journal. Dr Nataliya Kibita is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of International History at LSE. Her main research interest is Ukraine’s state- and nation-building. Currently, she is working on a new research project that explores the historical origins of formal and informal political institutions that allow Ukraine to rebuff authoritarianism today. Before joining the LSE in September 2015, Dr Kibita taught Soviet history at the University of Edinburg and University of Glasgow. Dr Tanya Harmer is an Associate Professor in the Department of International History at LSE. She is a specialist on the Cold War in Latin America with a particular interest in the international, transnational and global dynamics of the struggle. She has written an inter-American history of Chile during the presidency of Salvador Allende (1970-73) and conducted research on Brazilian Cold War interventions in the Southern Cone of Latin America, US-Chilean relations in the mid-1970s and the Cuban Revolution’s influence in Latin America. Her current research deals with the history of Chile’s Revolutionary Left. 

2 February 2017, Thursday, 18:30-20:00, Old Theatre, LSE

The Holocaust: Mentality of the Perpetrators

Speaker: Laurence Rees
Chair: Professor Janet Hartley

How can we understand the mentality of those who conceived and implemented the Holocaust? By drawing on both his research for his recent book on the Holocaust, as well as the personal experience of meeting a number of those who were involved in the killing process, Laurence Rees reveals the mentalities of a number of the killers.

Laurence Rees is the author of The Holocaust published by Viking/Penguin in January 2017. He has written six previous books on the Nazis and the Second World War, including the award winning Auschwitz: The Nazis and the 'Final Solution' which is the world’s best selling book on the history of the camp. A former Head of BBC TV History, he has also written and produced a number of documentary series on the Nazis, including the BAFTA winning The Nazis: A Warning from History and The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler. Educated at Solihull School and Oxford University, he holds honorary doctorates from the University of Sheffield and the Open University. He is a former visiting senior fellow at the LSE.

Janet Hartley is Professor of International History and Head of the Department of International History at LSE.
30 January 2017, Monday, 18:30-20:00, Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

Annual Gulf History Lecture: The Saudi Royal Family: Modernisation and Succession

Speaker: Steve Coll
Chair: Dr David Motadel

Since the birth of modern Saudi Arabia circa 1925, the course of the kingdom’s modernisation has been influenced by succession, consensus and conflict within the House of Saud. Today the kingdom stands at a crossroads without precedent in the royal family’s modern history as King Salman and his surviving brothers apparently seek to combine a leap of succession to the throne down generations with bold modernisation plans and departures in foreign policy. What his the historical backdrop for this dramatic turn in the royal family’s history and where will it lead Saudi Arabia and the Middle East?

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries contact Milada Fomina at or 0207 955 7331.

This event is hosted by the Department of International History with the generous support of the LSE Kuwuait Programme.

Steve Coll is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century (Penguin, 2008) and Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 (Penguin, 2004). He is Dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and a staff writer at The New Yorker. Between 1985 and 2005, Coll was a reporter, foreign correspondent and senior editor at The Washington Post; and he served as managing editor of the Post between 1998 and 2004.


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