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Rulers and Victims

Rulers and Victims: The Russians in the Soviet Union
Speaker: Professor Geoffrey Hosking # Scotland-Russia Forum
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Date and Time
28th Oct 2009 18:00 - 28th Oct 2009 19:30
Lecture Theatre 175, Old College

Most accounts of the decline of the Soviet Union focus on its economic and military problems, or on the grievances of the non-Russian nationalities. In his recent book Rulers and Victims, Geoffrey Hosking suggested that, though its decline had many causes, what precipitated its collapse was the anomalous position of the Russian Republic within it. In his presentation Geoffrey Hosking will discuss this idea, and also comment on the ambiguous situation of the Russians as ethnos within the multi-ethnic Soviet society.

Geoffrey Hosking was Professor of Russian History at the School of Slavonic & East European Studies, University of London, from 1984-2007, and before that taught at the universities of Essex, Wisconsin (Madison) and Cologne. His History of the Soviet Union (Fontana Press), originally published in 1985, has gone through several editions.

Light refreshments will be available at 9 South College St after the talk.

Please contact the Scotland-Russia Forum ( to book a place. Donations £2 (SRF members), £5 (non-members), payable at the door. No charge for Edinburgh University staff and students.