How Do Historians Make Sense of the Present: Reflecting on the Russo-Ukrainian War

George Mason University Historian Steven Barnes

Monday, September 12, 2022 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM EDT
Zoom Webinar

Steven Barnes kicks off the Fall 2022 Speaker Series, Russia's War on Ukraine in Historical Perspective with a series of reflections on how a historian, trained to write about the past and things long over, can try to make sense of a present, ongoing event like Russia's criminal war on Ukraine. How do historians use the past to understand the present? How do current events reshape historians' understanding of the past? What is the duty of the historian in the present? Dr. Barnes will talk about these questions and set the stage for a dozen historians who will share their historical knowledge and reflect on how history helps them confront this war.

Steven Barnes is Director of the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of History and Art History. He teaches broadly on the history of the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, modern Russia and the other independent countries from this imperial space. He has engaged in research on the history of the Soviet forced labor camp system, the Gulag, including extensive field research in Russia and Kazakhstan.

This session will be moderated by Zachary Schrag, Professor of American History at George Mason. He is the author of four books, including most recently The Princeton Guide to Historical Research and The Fires of Philadelphia: Citizen-Soldiers, Nativists, and the 1844 Riots Over the Soul of a Nation.

This lecture is part of George Mason University's Fall 2022 Lecture Series, "Russia's War on Ukraine in Historical Perspective." For other events and information on the series, visit the main series page.

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