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14

Putin's Nostalgia for the Soviet Union

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Jepson, 109
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Thursday, November 14, 2019 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm
University of Richmond, Jepson 109

Paul Josephson, Professor of History at Colby College, is a well-known expert in the field of Soviet science. His books include Red Atom: Soviet Nuclear Policy from Stalin until Today (2000); An Environmental History of Russia (2013); The Conquest of the Arctic (2014), and, most recently, “Putin’s Projects: The Russian Empire, Resources and Technology in the 21st Century” [forthcoming]. 

Paul will discuss “Nostalgic Engineering” in today’s Russia. His lecture will illuminate some of the reasons Russia today is making massive investments in gigantic technology and energetic projects: nuclear-powered ice-breakers to open a polar route; hydropower stations to illuminate mines carved out of fragile tundra; waterways to transfer water and energy to China.

You don't want to miss this energetic lecture!