World War II Memory in Putin’s Russia

World War II Memory in Putin’s Russia

Thursday, March 24, 2022 4:30 pm EDT to 5:30 pm EDT


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Russian President Vladimir Putin has gone to extraordinary lengths to commemorate the Second World War. Through Victory Day parades, ceremonial speeches, and government-sponsored films, he has made World War II memory central to contemporary Russian national identity.

Why does the Putin administration place such enormous emphasis on a war that ended over 75 years ago? This talk will examine the political utility of World War II memory in Russia today. It will explore how war remembrance serves the interests of Putin’s government in both the domestic and international spheres, including with regard to the current war in Ukraine.

Dr. David L. Hoffmann, Dept. of History, The Ohio State University will share his perspective and Dr. Alina Haliliuc, Denison’s Associate Professor of Communication, will moderate.

All alumni and Denison community members are welcome to attend. Attendees will be sent the Zoom link in their registration.
Co-Sponsored by the Laura C. Harris Series, Lisska Center for Intellectual Engagement, and the Departments of Communication, Economics, History, Global Commerce, Politics & Public Affairs, and Religion.

About the presenter: Dr. Hoffmann is a specialist in Russian and Soviet history, with a particular focus on the political, social, and cultural history of Stalinism. He is the author of multiple books and monographs. His most recent book is entitled: The Memory of the Second World War in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia (Routledge, 2022). Dr. Hoffmann received his B.A. from Lawrence University, and his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University.