Russia's Worlds: The Russian and Soviet North Pacific

March 18, 2021, 12:00pm

Join Columbia University's Harriman Institute for an online talk with Bathsheba Demuth and Ilya Vinkovetsky on the Soviet Union's and Russia's policies in the North Pacific. 

This talk comes as part of Columbia's Russia's Worlds Lecture Series. In the last two decades historians have consistently challenged the center-periphery approach to the history of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, at the same time establishing the inadequacy of state boundaries to encompass imperial and Soviet experience. "Russia's Worlds" brings together innovative work on connections between the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the outside world, looking at how these states, their cultures and their subjects interacted with the wider world, other states and the international scene based on religion, ethnicity, ideology and professional affiliations. In this series of six talks, twelve speakers working at the intersection of several fields will share new perspectives on how international law, migration, environment, traveling ideas, individuals and commodities tied Russia to a larger world and the other way around.

Register here for the Zoom webinar, or tune in on YouTube Live.


Bathsheba Demuth, assistant professor of history and environment and society, Brown University

Ilya Vinkovetsky, associate professor, history department, Simon Fraser University