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Brest-Litovsk and the Making of Modern Ukraine and Russia

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Initiated in 2003, the Annual Cambridge Stasiuk Lecture in Contemporary Ukrainian Studies at the University of Cambridge explores the internal dynamics and international implications of events in today’s Ukraine and features the foremost experts in the fields of Ukrainian politics, history, and society. It is organised by Cambridge Ukrainian Studies, an academic centre at the University of Cambridge.

The Sixteenth Annual Stasiuk Lecture, which will be held in the Umney Theatre of Robinson College at 17:30 on Friday, 23 February 2018, will be delivered by Professor Mark von Hagen. His presentation is entitled Brest-Litovsk and the Making of Modern Ukraine and Russia.

In February 1918, the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk facilitated the emergence of an independent, internationally-recognised Ukrainian state. In the Annual Cambridge Stasiuk Lecture, Professor von Hagen explains these tumultuous events of a century ago and reflects upon their resonance today, at a critical juncture in the history of Ukrainian-Russian relations.

The event is free and open to the public, but online registration is required.

Professor Mark von Hagen teaches the history of Eastern Europe and Russia, with a focus on Ukrainian-Russian relations, at Arizona State University in the United States. Prior to his tenure at ASU , he worked for 24 years at Columbia University, where he chaired the Department of History and directed the Harriman Institute. He is a former President of the International Association for Ukrainian Studies.

Mark von Hagen is the author of Soldiers in the Proletarian Dictatorship: The Red Army and the Soviet Socialist State, 1917-1930 (Cornell, 1990); co-editor (with Andreas Kappeler, Zenon Kohut and Frank Sysyn) of Culture, Nation, Identity: the Ukrainian-Russian Encounter, 1600-1945 (Toronto, 2003); and has co-edited (with Jane Burbank and Anatoly Remnev) the title Geographies of Empire: Ruling Russia, 1700-1991 (Indiana, 2004). He has written articles and essays on topics in historiography, civil-military relations, nationality politics and minority history, and cultural history. He is on the editorial boards of the journals Ab Imperio and Kritika.

Von Hagen was educated at Georgetown University, Indiana University-Bloomington, and Stanford University, where he received his Ph.D. He has also taught at Stanford University, Yale University, the Free University of Berlin, and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris).

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