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Rachel Applebaum: Empire of Friends: Soviet Power and Socialist Internationalism in Cold War Czechoslovakia

January 28, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Center for the Humanities  at Tufts University is hosting a book talk with Tufts’ Assistant Professor Rachel Applebaum (History) over her latest book, Empire of Friends: Soviet Power and Socialist Internationalism in Cold War Czechoslovakia (2019).

The familiar story of Soviet power in Cold War Eastern Europe focuses on political repression and military force. But in Empire of Friends, Rachel Applebaum shows how the Soviet Union simultaneously promoted a policy of transnational friendship with its Eastern Bloc satellites to create a cohesive socialist world. This friendship project resulted in a new type of imperial control based on cross-border contacts between ordinary citizens.

In a new and fascinating story of cultural diplomacy, interpersonal relations, and the trade of consumer-goods, Applebaum tracks the rise and fall of the friendship project in Czechoslovakia, as the country evolved after World War II from the Soviet Union’s most loyal satellite to its most rebellious. Please see the flyer for the event here.

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Date:
January 28, 2020
Time:
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Center for the Humanities

Venue

CHAT Seminar Room
48 Professors Row
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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