Columbia University in the City of New York

Harriman Institute




Russia’s Worlds: Soviet Union and East Asia

Please join us for an event in the Russia’s Worlds Lecture Series. Tatiana Linkhoeva (New York University) will discuss her book Revolution Goes East: Imperial Japan and Soviet Communism (Cornell University Press, March 2020), and Elizabeth McGuire (California State University, East Bay) will give a presentation entitled “Cherchez La Femme: Romance Sino-Soviet Style.”


Elizabeth McGuire is an Assistant Professor at California State University, East Bay. Her first book, Red at Heart: How Chinese Communists Fell in Love with the Russian Revolution, was published by Oxford University Press in 2018. She has also completed research for a second book, Communist Neverland: History of an International Children’s Home, 1933-2013, and has published articles in three edited volumes: Everyday Life in Russia Past and Present: Strategies, Subjectivities, and PerspectivesLittle Red Book: A Global History of the Quotations of Chairman Mao; and The Soviet Impact on China, 1949-1991.


Tatiana Linkhoeva is Assistant Professor of Japanese History at New York University. Native of the republic of Buriatia (Russia), Linkhoeva graduated from Moscow State University, received her MA from the University of Tokyo, and PhD in History from UC Berkeley. She has been awarded fellowships from Japan’s Ministry of Education, the Japan Foundation, UC Berkeley, the Hoover Institute, and the German Excellence Initiative. Her book Revolution Goes East: Imperial Japan and Soviet Communism was published by Cornell University Press in March 2020.



Russia’s Worlds Lecture Series:

In the last two decades historians have consistently challenged the center-periphery approach to the history of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, at the same time establishing the inadequacy of state boundaries to encompass imperial and Soviet experience. “Russia’s Worlds” brings together innovative work on connections between the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the outside world, looking at how these states, their cultures, and their subjects interacted with the wider world, other states, and the international scene based on religion, ethnicity, ideology and professional affiliations. In this series of six talks, twelve speakers working at the intersection of several fields will share new perspectives on how international law, migration, environment, traveling ideas, individuals and commodities tied Russia to a larger world and the other way around.

All events at 12:00pm Eastern unless noted otherwise.

October 28, 2020: The Russian Empire and International Law

Peter Holquist (University of Pennsylvania)
Will Smiley (University of New Hampshire)

November 19, 2020: Soviet Union and East Asia

Tatiana Linkhoeva (NYU)
Elizabeth McGuire (California State University, East Bay)

January 21, 2021: Russian Empire and the Ottoman World

Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky (UC Santa Barbara)
Eileen Kane (Connecticut College)

February 18, 2021: Soviet Union and the Middle East

Sam Hirst (Bilkent University, Ankara)
Masha Kirasirova (NYU Abu Dhabi)

March 18, 2021: The Russian and Soviet North Pacific

Bathsheba Demuth (Brown University)
Ilya Vinkovetsky (Simon Fraser University)

May 13, 2021: The Second World War and the Postwar Settlement

2:00pm ET
Michael David-Fox (Georgetown University
Francine Hirsch (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


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