The Hoover Institution Library & Archives presents the Fanning the Flames Speaker Series. This fifth session is moderated by Anatol Shmelev, Research Fellow and Robert Conquest Curator for Russia and Eurasia, Hoover Institution Library & Archives and presented by Stephen Norris, Walter E. Havighurst Professor of History and Director, Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, Miami University. The “Holding the Sword of Damocles: Japan in Russian and Soviet Popular Images, 1904-1945" event is on Friday, November 5, at 12:00 pm PDT | 3:00 pm EST.

To learn more about the accompanying book (edited by Kay Ueda) and to see past events, videos, and highlights, please visit our new interactive online exhibition website, Fanning the Flames: Propaganda in Modern Japan .


Participant Bios



Stephen M. Norris is the Walter E. Havighurst Professor of Russian History and the Director of the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at Miami University.  His research focuses on modern Russian history with an emphasis on visual culture and propaganda since the 19th Century. He is the author of A War of Images: Russian Popular Prints, Wartime Culture, and National Identity, 1812-1945 (Northern Illinois University Press, 2006), and Blockbuster History in the New Russia: Movies, Memory, Patriotism (Indiana University Press, 2012).





Anatol Shmelev is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Robert Conquest Curator of the Russia and Eurasia Collection at Hoover’s Library & Archives, and the project archivist for its Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Collection. Shmelev’s expertise is in twentieth-century Russian history, specializing in the Russian Civil War. As curator, he is principally responsible for acquiring archival materials relating to Russia, the Soviet Union, and the independent states that emerged from the USSR after 1991. 

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