Stalin died fifty years ago, on 5th March 1953. The demise of the Soviet dictator marked the end of an era and the beginning of a cautious liberalisation within the Soviet Union and the entire Eastern Bloc.
This conference, organised and hosted by the Institute for Eastern European History and the Forschungsstelle für russische Zeitgeschichte, Vienna, focuses on the following issues:
Stalin as a person, his biography, including his Georgian roots
his ruling group in the 1930’s
his connections with Austria, especially the sojourns of Stalin, Bukharin and Trotski in Vienna between 1907 and 1914.
Speakers will include:
J.Arch Getty (Riverside, California)
Manfred Hildermeier (Göttingen)
Kevin McDermott (Sheffield)
Barry McLoughlin (Vienna)
Alfred Rieber (Budapest/Philadelphia)
Institut für Osteuropäische Geschichte
Spitalgasse 2 / Hof 3, A-1090 Vienna, Austria.
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