Vladislav Martin Zubok, Professor of History at Temple University, will focus on an exploration of the man who led the Soviet Union from 1953 until 1964, and in particular on his identity as communist reformer and Soviet patriot in the next Weekly History Seminar, cosponsored by the National History Center and Woodrow Wilson Center on Monday, March 29.
Recent archival releases reveal Khrushchev’s motivations during the Berlin crisis and the Cuban missile crisis. The new evidence together with distance in time presents an opportunity for a retrospective look at Khrushchev’s reforms and their significance for the development of Soviet elites and, indeed, the fate of the Soviet Union.
Professor Zubok was born and educated in the
Soviet Union. His books include Inside the Kremlin’s Cold War: From Stalin to Khrushchev with C. Pleshakov (1996), A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev (2007), and Zhivago’s Children: The Last Russian Intelligentsia (2009).
The seminar took place on Monday, March 29, 2010 and is part of a series that aims to facilitate the understanding of contemporary national and international affairs in light of historical knowledge of all times and places, and from multiple perspectives.
Click here to see a complete listing of the schedule of speakers and topics, as well as videos of the presentations.