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The History of the Soviet Union as Black Comedy (with Sheila Fitzpatrick)

November 3 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

In this talk, Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick will discuss the writing of her most recent book, Shortest History of the Soviet Union, and how current events – in this case, the Russian invasion of Ukraine – may affect approaches to the past.

This event will be held in person for NYU affiliates only. Others will be able to join on Zoom.

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.


November 3
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


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