The Last Soviet Famine, 1946/47: Mass Death across Ukraine, Moldova and Russia

April 17, 2024 | 3:00PM - 5:00PM
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Online & in-person
Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, Europe, Russia & Eurasia

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This event took place in-person at Room 108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON, M5S 3K7
This project explores the most recent famine in Soviet and European History, which killed at least one million people in 1946-47, mostly in Ukraine and Moldova, but about which we know very little. The Soviet state repressed news of the 1946/47 famine at the time, and it remains largely absent in English-language scholarship and relatively neglected in Russian and Ukrainian scholarship compared to the Holodomor of 1932/33.  Our project operates from archival sources across the former Soviet space to explore the interaction of numerous factors in understanding famine causation, duration, mortality, and its broader consequences, which endured for decades afterward.
 
Speakers:
Filip Slaveski, Senior Lecturer in Russian/Soviet and East European History, Australian National University.
 
An historian of Soviet Empire, primarily of Ukraine and Russia, his work focuses on the collisions of mass conflict, famine and political repression, their aftermath and contemporary echoes across the former Soviet space.
 
Hiroaki Kuromiya, Emeritus Professor in History, Indiana University, Bloomington
Japanese-American historian, Emeritus professor in the Department of History, University of Indiana, studies modern and contemporary Ukraine in a wider context of Eurasian history. He has written on the Donbas, historical and contemporary, the Holodomor, the Great Terror, and other subjects mainly during the Stalin era. His publications include books Freedom and Terror in the Donbas: A Ukrainian-Russian Borderland, 1870s–1990s, The Voices of the Dead: Stalin's Great Terror in the 1930s, and The Eurasian Triangle: Russia, the Caucasus, and Japan, 1904-1945 (with Georges Mamoulia), as well as numerous articles.
 
Moderator: Bohdan Klid, Director of Research, Holodomor Research and Education Consosrtium, CIUS, University of Alberta

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Sponsors: Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC),  Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine
Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, Europe, Russia & Eurasia
Olga Kesarchuk olga.kesarchuk@utoronto.ca

Speakers

Filip Slaveski

Senior Lecturer in Russian/Soviet and East European History, Australian National University.

Hiroaki Kuromiya

Emeritus Professor in History, Indiana University, Bloomington

Bohdan Klid

Director of Research, Holodomor Research and Education Consosrtium, CIUS, University of Alberta