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Conducting historical research on the USSR’s collapse


While the collapse of the Soviet Union persists as a focal point of historical and political debate over the last three decades, its meaning and scope remain contested. This panel brings together historians working on different aspects of the Soviet Union’s collapse to address the challenges in researching the collapse of the Soviet Union today. Rather than debating its causes or consequences, the panel shines a light on the challenges and opportunities in researching the Soviet Union’s collapse today. What is the state of access to the field, and how has the meaning and significance of the Soviet Union’s collapse changed for historians? What have the last thirty years revealed about the questions yet to be asked and the histories that remain to be written? How approaches to archival research adapted to changing times, and where are historians turning to unearth the as-yet unwritten histories of the collapse?


Moderator: Rebecca Manley (Queen’s U, Canada)