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"Belarus, the Keystone in Europe’s Borderlands" with Neil Kent

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  • UserNeil Kent, Cambridge University
  • ClockThursday 15 April 2021, 19:00-20:30
  • HouseZoom.

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This talk will focus upon the complex history, culture, religions and political role of Belarus in a wider European context, whilst also considering its recent internal developments and especially the role of its churches.

Simplistic conclusions in the media about its politics and current upheavals do not do the reality justice.

WHEN : Thursday, 15 April 2021, 19:00 (GMT)

WHERE : Zoom, Please register in advance on CamRuSS website here,


About the speaker

Prof Neil Kent is an historian with a wide range of research interests, in particular Russia, Ukraine and Crimea. He is currently an associate at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge and was Associate Professor at the École Spéciale Militaire de St-Cyr (France) in 2018-2020. Neil worked for ten years as a Professor of European History and Culture at St Petersburg State Academic Institute of Art, Sculpture and Architecture (The Russian Academy of Art).

Neil is an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Intelligence and Cyber Security, Academica Press, Washington D.C., since 2018. He is also a Senior Treasurer at Cambridge University Scandinavian, Russian and Austrian Societies.

Neil Kent has published a number of books, including St Petersburg (Innercities), Signal Books (Oxford), 2017, Crimea: A History, Hurst & Co (London); Oxford University Press (New York), 2016. A Concise History of the Russian Orthodox Church, Academica Press (Washington D.C. and London), to be released early in 2021.

Neil fluently speaks eleven languages, including Russian.

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