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May 14, 2015 7:00 PM

THURSDAY FORUM: Ukraine: Its Past and Present

A lecture by Igor Lukeš, Professor of History and International Relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University.

Sir Halford Mackinder, a student of the relationship between power and geography, predicted at the beginning of the 20th century that the future would be dominated by whoever seized control over the area that roughly corresponds with today’s Ukraine.

The importance of Ukraine for the balance of power in Europe was demonstrated throughout much of recorded history. For instance, during the interwar period in the twentieth century, when the Bolsheviks turned the region into a laboratory for their brutal social experiments, and in the thirties, when Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler enabled and inspired each other as they drove their contending but also complementing killing machines toward collision—over Ukraine.

The lecture will place today’s Ukraine into a context of various geopolitical schemes, provide a historical background of the present crisis, and argue that the Anschluß of Crimea in 2014 and the continuing attempts at further territorial gains in the areas of Donetsk and Luhansk confirm Mackinder’s argument.

About the speaker: Igor Lukeš is Professor of History and International Relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University. He is the author of On the Edge of the Cold War: American Diplomats and Spies in Postwar Prague (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).


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May 14, 2015 7:00 PM


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