August 28, 2014
New York University’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia will host Princeton’s Stephen Kotkin for a public lecture, “Stalin: Geopolitics, Ideas, Power,” on Fri., Sept. 26, 3-5 p.m. at NYU’s Jurow Lecture Hall, Silver Center for Arts and Science (100 Washington Square East/between Waverly and Washington Place).
The event, the Jordan Center’s 2014 Distinguished Lecture, is free and open to the public. To RSVP, please click here. For more information, call 212.992.6575. Subway Lines: 6 (Astor Place); N, R (8th Street). Entrances located at 24 Waverly Place and 31 Washington Place.
Kotkin, the John P. Birkelund ’52 Professor in History and International Affairs at Princeton University and vice dean of the Woodrow Wilson School, will draw from his forthcoming Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928 (Penguin, Nov.), the first installment in a three-volume history of Stalin and his times. Using military intelligence and secret police materials, the volume offers new insights into Stalin’s paranoid mentality and explains how chaos from revolution and civil war became a permanent feature of Soviet administration. The work also portrays Stalin’s trip to Siberia in 1928 in a new light, capturing the moment when he decided to remake Eurasia, and places the decision for collectivization more deeply than ever in the tragic history of imperial Russia.
Kotkin has authored Steeltown, USSR (1991), Magnetic Mountain (1997), and Armageddon Averted (2008) as well as Uncivil Societies (2009), a co-authored volume, among other works.
The Jordan Center’s annual Distinguished Lecture, delivered by a renowned expert and public intellectual, addresses key problems of Russia’s past, present, and future.
The NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia undertakes to make Russia intrinsic to all aspects of scholarly investigation: from politics to literature, economics to anthropology, history to visual culture. Joining the ranks of US and western universities with distinguished traditions of inquiry and expertise on matters Russian and Soviet, the Center is distinguished by its particular mission of situating Russia in a global context. We aim both to help educate Russia specialists on the interconnectedness of Russia with the world and to remind other fields of Russia’s ubiquity. While recognizing that any country is best understood as part of a global economy, culture, and politics, the Center works to ensure that Russia’s dramatic and enduring influence is an integral part of every conversation. For more, please click here.
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