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History Lecture Series

The Russian Revolution and the Making of the 20th Century: Global Perspectives at the Centennial

Wed. Jan. 25, 2017      7:30–9 p.m.

Kane Hall 130

Glennys Young, UW professor of history and international studies

The Russian Revolution was at once a symbol of hope for the oppressed and a warning sign for those in power. It fueled decades of anticommunist ideologies and policies all over the world, but it also had unlikely connections with the Pacific Northwest.

Admission: $5–$15 (Individual lecture); $20–$55 (series pass)

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UW professor Glennys YoungOver the course of her career, Glennys Young has become increasingly interested in the USSR’s involvement in transnational movements and processes, whether political, social, cultural, or economic.  She has also pursued research interests in the history of Communism and world history.

Young’s current book project is entitled “Refugee Worlds: The Spanish Civil War, Soviet Socialism, Franco’s Spain, and Memory Politics.” The general questions that frame the project are the following:  what were the global consequences of the transnational lives set in motion by the defeat of the Spanish Republic in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)?   How do civil wars, and the refugee movements they propel, transform domestic polities, international systems, and transnational institutions?  To address these issues, she examines the “refugee worlds” of the nearly 5000 child refugees, political exiles, and other Spaniards who fled to the USSR during or shortly after the Spanish Civil War.

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