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Dates That Changed The Western World: 1991 and the Fall of Communism

On 31 December 1991, the Soviet Union was officially declared dissolved. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was officially created on 30 December 1922, following the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. The USSR was not immediately recognised by […]

  Dates That Changed the Western World 17 February 2015  

Dates That Changed The Western World: 1917 and the Russian Revolution

The Bolshevik Revolution of 25 October 1917 had a profound impact not only on the Western world but also on the global history of the twentieth century. During the Soviet period, the revolution was celebrated on 7 November […]

  Dates That Changed the Western World 14 February 2015  

Massive Fire Destroys one of Moscow’s Major Libraries

A massive fire that broke out on Friday evening has destroyed the building housing one of Moscow’s major research libraries and unique collections of social science and humanities documentation. It has been reported that an electrical fault caused […]

  Libraries and Archives 2 February 2015  

De-Stalinisation Reconsidered

My chapter ‘Contesting Inequality: Khrushchev and the Revival of the “Woman Question”’ has recently been published in a volume on essays edited by colleagues in Germany: Thomas M. Bohn, Rayk Einax and Michel Abeβer (eds), De-Stalinisation Reconsidered: Persistence […]

  Melanie Ilic 5 November 2014  

Competition in Socialist Society

My latest collection of essays, co-edited with Katalin Miklossy (University of Helsinki, Finland) was published by Routledge in August. The book is one of the outcomes of a three-year international collaborative project funded by the Academy of Finland […]

  Melanie Ilic 9 September 2014  

Soviet Healthcare Conference

I was in Dublin at the end of last week for a conference on Soviet healthcare in comparative perspective, with a particular focus on the issues of ‘professionalization, gender and care’. Although I have done a good deal […]

  Conferences 4 June 2014  

Celebrating the Lives of Soviet Women: Tatyana Zaslavskaya

Tatyana Ivanovna Zaslavskaya, author of the infamous April 1983 Novosibirsk Report, died recently in Moscow. Zaslavskaya was born in Kiev in 1927. After the Second World War, she studied physics and then economics at the Moscow State University, […]

  Melanie Ilic 21 October 2013  

Death of a Night Witch: Nadezhda Vasil’evna Popova

8 July 2013 saw the death of a Soviet heroine, Nadezhda Vasil’evna Popova, at the age of 91. Nadezhda Popova was just one of hundreds of Soviet airwomen who flew combat planes during the Second World War and […]

  Melanie Ilic 12 July 2013  

Melanie Ilic at CREES Conference

On Saturday 8 June I attended the annual conference of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES). CREES was established as a specialist interdisciplinary centre for research on the Soviet Union and eastern bloc countries at […]

  Conferences 17 June 2013  


From 5 to 8 April I was at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, for the annual British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies conference, which this year also hosted the International Council for Central and East European Studies European […]

  Conferences 22 April 2013