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The Nazi-Soviet Pact in the Light of Transnational History: Persian Connections in German-Soviet Relations

The Nazi-Soviet Pact, a central topic in the scholarship on the Second World War, is generally studied in its political and European dimensions. It was the instrument for the coming together of two unlikely ideological allies in the destruction and acquisition of Poland. By contrast the economic aspects of the Pact are understudied, although they were fundamental to how it functioned. They also worked through transnational networks that stretched far beyond Europe. Professor Jennifer Jenkins will take a new look at the Nazi-Soviet Pact by embedding it in German and Soviet economic policies toward the Near East, specifically with Iran, from the early Weimar period forward. She will also explore the history of German-Soviet-Persian economic cooperation in the interwar period, Iran's importance as a zone of cooperation between Germany and the USSR, and its place in the making of the Pact.

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Event Details

Speaker: Professor Jennifer Jenkins, University of Toronto
Chair: Dr Roham Alvandi, LSE
Date:  Wednesday 30 April 2014
Time: 18.30-20.00
Location:  Room 1.04, New Academic Building, LSE
Attendance: This event is free and open to all on a first come first served basis. Our events are very well attended, please make sure to arrive early. We cannot guarantee entry



Jennifer L. Jenkins is Associate Professor of German and European History at the University of Toronto, where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Modern German History. She is the author of Provincial Modernity: Local Culture and Liberal Politics in Fin-de-Siècle Hamburg and has held fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Harvard University's Center for European Studies and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is a Senior Associate Member at St. Antony's College, Oxford for the academic year 2013-14, where she is finishing a book on German-Iranian relations from the Crimean War to Operation Barbarossa (entitled Weltpolitik on the Persian Frontier: Germany and Iran in the Age of Empire).  Further projects include Germany Among the Global Empires 1840 to the Present, which she is writing for the Wiley-Blackwell series "A New History of Modern Europe."