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Soviet Collapse in the Fullness of Time: Lessons for Putin's Russia, Xi's China, and Beyond

Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Clark Hall, 700
Central Campus

What lessons have Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping drawn from the Soviet collapse, and what lessons are they failing to draw? Renowned historian Stephen Kotkin, Kleinheinz Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and Professor in History and International Affairs emeritus at Princeton University, will talk about how we might see the Soviet collapse, looking back more than three decades. Was the collapse predictable?  Did a new world order emerge, and is one emerging now? Could such a collapse be repeated? How can we use history to illuminate the present, and potential futures, and when does history fail us? 

Professor Kotkin's talk is the Institute for European Studies' inaugural Luigi Einaudi Distinguished Lecture. 

This event will also be livestreamed. No pre-registration is required. 

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Institute for European Studies, Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, History, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies


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Stanford University

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