Post-Revolutionary Russian Emigration with Vadim Malinovsky
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During the time since the Russia-Ukraine military conflict began in February 2022, Russia has experienced its largest exodus of citizens since the October Revolution of 1917. Experts believe that hundreds of thousands of Russian citizens have fled to safer territories. Historians will appreciate the irony that exactly 100 years ago in 1922 the Soviet Union leaders forcefully expelled intellectuals – transported by the so-called philosophers’ steamships.
At the beginning of the 1920s around two million White Russians, the supporters of anti-Communist forces, left Russia and started new lives in other countries from China to Brazil, creating diaspora communities that in some cases endure to this day. Among the emigres were the writer Vladimir Nabokov, the composer Sergei Rachmaninoff and the grandparents of US fashion designer Ralph Lauren. The exodus also sparked an unprecedented international drive to give legal protection to refugees, resulting in the "Nansen passport", the first-ever travel document for stateless people.
Led by historian Vadim Malinovsky, this seminar will give a deep dive into the history of one of the most dramatic events for millions of Russian families. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with extra knowledge about the reasons they chose to leave, the most popular routes and destinations, and their dreams of a better life.
Vadim is a historian (MA) who has graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University. His focus is contemporary Russian history. He is working on a PhD dissertation on Stalin's national policy.
Not suitable for children under age 13 (sensitive content).