Hoover's Workshop on Totalitarian Regimes studies the history and development of totalitarian regimes in order to understand why they came into being, how they work, and the sources of their durability. By bringing scholars together who study the different regimes, the workshop promotes the comparative study of modes of personal dictatorship, of institutions of coercion and repression, and of the economic and social consequences of totalitarian rule. The workshop's principal resources are the unique and fast- growing holdings of the Hoover Archives on totalitarian regimes in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. (More information)
Paul Gregory organizes the Hoover Institution Workshop on Totalitarian Regimes.
When the Soviet Union collapsed at the end of 1991, its vast ranks of bureaucrats and party officials successfully transitioned into post-Soviet business and politics. Twenty years later, those same party and state officials, who populated the ranks of the elite nomenklatura or had begun their ascent up the communist ladder, are among the most successful.
Mark Harrison's paper "Secrecy, Fear, and Transaction Costs: The Business of Soviet Forced Labour in the Early Cold War" will soon be published in Europe-Asia Studies, the leading area-studies journal.
In The Gulag Archipelago, Alexander Solzhenitsyn called Stalin’s gulag a system of “destructive-labor camps.” The writer who brought the gulag to light insisted that “the camps were destructive and this must not be forgotten.” Why then, following the declassification of the gulag archives, did the official mortality rates appear so low? Two scholars offered the same explanation.
Yarovskaya and Gregory Screen “Women of the Gulag” in Moscow at the December 11, 2012, birthday commemoration of Alexander Solzhenitsyn. For information on the documentary, the book, and movie trailer, see Cynthia Haven’s review.
Anne Applebaum's latest book, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944–1956, was published by Doubleday on October 30, 2012. In the long-awaited follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize–winning Gulag, acclaimed journalist Applebaum delivers a groundbreaking history of how communism took over Eastern Europe after World War II and frighteningly changed the lives of those who came under its sway.
Hoover fellow Paul Gregory and Russian American filmmaker Marianna Yarovskaya spoke on “Filming Women of the Gulag” to a large audience at the Hoover Institution on Thursday, October 25. That evening, they made a similar presentation to the Russian Terra Nova Club of San Jose.
The Hoover Summer Workshop on China and Russia hosted a talk and discussion on the Chinese Gulag under Mao by Klaus Mühlhahn
Mühlhahn is a professor of Chinese history and culture at the Free University of Berlin who specializes in modern Chinese legal history. His Criminal Justice in China (Harvard) won the American Historical Association’s Fairbank Prize and his PhD students are regular visitors to the Hoover Archive’s China collections.
David Satter, author, filmmaker, and former Financial Times Russian correspondent, addressed the Hoover Summer Archives Workshop on China and Russia. During the course of the workshop, Satter worked with Hoover archivists to catalog his Russia archive, which he has donated to Hoover.
Sarah Paine is a professor of strategy and policy, US Naval War College. According to Paine, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, not primarily to break the US oil embargo but as a peripheral military strategy to win its long war in China. That same day (December 7, 1941), Japan also attacked Malaya, Hong Kong, Guam, the Philippines, Wake Island, Midway, Thailand, and Singapore in efforts to cut Western aid to the Chinese Nationalists and to force the Netherlands to supply it with the Dutch East Indies oil essential its waging war in China.
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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