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October 2017

‘Papers, Please!’: Enacting Soviet Power in a Postwar Ukrainian Village

October 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This presentation is part of a book project about the Sovietization of Ukraine after World War II. It examines the process of making territories “Soviet” in Transcarpathia, a southwestern region that formerly belonged to Czechoslovakia. In particular, it details how Sovietization enforced border control in the small village of Bila Tserkva on the Romanian border. In 1949, the state launched an investigation into the village, arresting seven men, all of whom belonged to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and accusing them of anti-Soviet activity and…

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In Exile: Political Emigration from Eastern Europe During the Last Decades of the Cold War

October 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Contrary to the prevalent rhetoric of the Cold War, the 1970s and 1980s were a time of intensive exchange across the “Iron Curtain”. Particularly in the context of the international human rights movement, a Western public grew more interested in the activities and plight of East European opposition groups. East European political exiles in Western Europe and North America played a significant role as intermediaries between East and West. They also provided opposition groups across the Iron Curtain with information,…

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November 2017

International Civil Servants by Day: The Cold War of Everyday Life in the UNESCO Secretariat, 1956-1967

November 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This presentation will focus on a chapter from a larger project on Soviet participation in the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in the 1950s and 1960s. It presents a case study of the daily lives of Soviet citizens who worked in the international civil service of the UN during the Cold War. Detailing the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of Soviet professionals recruited by the state as part of a broader Soviet campaign to challenge Western domination of UN administrations, the…

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