The Hoover Institution and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies will present a screening of Age of Delirium: The Decline and Fall of the Soviet Union on July 30, 2012, at 7:00 pm at Cubberley Auditorium on the Stanford campus.
This event is open to the public.
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As part of the tenth annual Hoover Summer Workshop, Amir Weiner, associate professor of history at Stanford University, will discuss his forthcoming book, Getting to Know You: Domestic Surveillance in the Soviet Union. Based on thorough research in the former archives of the KGB, including the newly acquired KGB collections of the Hoover Archives. Click here for more information about the event.
Robert Service argues in Spies and Commissars that it was far from certain that the Bolshevik Revolution would endure and that its early years were marked by multidimensional interactions between Russia and the West. Lenin and Trotsky were intent on spreading their communist ideals to Europe and the rest of the world, whereas the Western powers were determined to prevent them. But by what means? The usual diplomatic routes to basic information had been closed off.
Tape and disc recordings of Russian American journalist and author Eugene Lyons are now available for listening, having been digitized in Hoover's audio lab. Most are speeches by Lyons about conditions and events in the Soviet Union and the communist influence in the United States, with several recordings focusing on communism in Hollywood. Another is a spoken letter to a Polish youth on the meaning of Polish ethnicity in the United States and the nature of oppression in the two countries. The recordings, which date from the 1940s to the 1960s, are part of the Eugene Lyons papers.
The Hoover Institution Archives is proud to announce its tenth annual Workshop on China and Russia, which will run from July 22 to August 3. The workshop has given more than one hundred visiting scholars the opportunity to study the Hoover Archives’ extensive collections on totalitarian regimes. This year will focus on the archives’ rich collections on China, Russia, and Iraq. We have invited fourteen experts from US and international universities and research centers, including researchers from the Ukrainian Archival Service, the Free University of Berlin, the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Harvard University, George Washington University, and the US Naval War College. The workshop thus brings invited guests together with Hoover fellows and Stanford faculty to conduct research in the Hoover Library and Archives and exchange ideas at lunchtime seminars. The Chinese KMT archives, the Archives of the Communist Party, and the recently acquired KGB archives and Ba’ath Party archives are among the archival sources that researchers will examine. Additionally, presentations by Robert Service and Amir Weiner will take place during the workshop.
The weekly radio interviews of Ėduard Shevardnadze, president of Georgia, during his last years in office are now available at the Hoover Archives. In these interviews Shevardnadze discusses the foreign policy of Georgia, especially relations with the United States and Russia; his trips to foreign countries and various districts of Georgia; visits of foreign statesmen and public figures to Georgia; and recent political, cultural, and social events.