Historian Yuri Slezkine on the lives of the original Bolsheviks and the reasons for socialism's demise

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Yuri Slezkine
Yuri Slezkine

The Latvian Association of Anthropologists, in collaboration with the National Library of Latvia, cordially invites you to the upcoming public talk in our Narrating the Human series.

Date:        Friday, 16 February 2018
Time:        18.00
Location:    Baltic Research Centre for East Asian Studies Library (AsiaRes) Reading Room, Level M
Speaker:    Yuri Slezkine, University of California, Berkeley
Title:        The Life and Death of the Russian Revolution

The talk will follow the lives of the original Bolsheviks from the time they joined the apocalyptic sect known as “the party of a new type” to the time most of them were arrested for terrorism and treason. It will focus on the connection between private lives and millenarian expectations and attempt to clarify the reasons for socialism’s premature demise. It will be based on Slezkine's new book, The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution (Princeton, 2017), a historical ethnography оf a residential complex in central Moscow that served as a home for top Party officials (including some prominent Latvian Bolsheviks).

Yuri Slezkine is the Jane K. Sather Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of, among other publications, three widely read and highly acclaimed books: Arctic Mirrors: Russia and the Small Peoples of the North (Cornell, 1996); The Jewish Century (Princeton, 2006; won the National Jewish Book Award); and The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution (Princeton, 2017), which was listed among the best books of 2017 by such publishers as The Guardian and Le Monde and selected as a New York Times Editor's Choice.

Event language:    English
Admission:        free


More information:
Ieva Puzo
Latvian Association of Anthropologists
E-mail: latvian.anthropology@gmail.com