Wednesday, April 26, 2017 (12:00 PM – 1:30 PM)
Tower Center Board Room, Room 227, Carr Collins Hall (map)
Professor Daniel Orlovsky is a specialist in the history of the Provisional Government after the February Revolution of 1917 and he continues to study the history of a much understudied hidden class of Soviet citizens, people who were neither workers nor peasants—the white collar “employees” of the Soviet
Union between 1918 and 1956.
He has held numerous grants for research in the former U.S.S.R. and Russia and has published on the social and cultural history of the Russian Revolution and early Soviet state building.
Orlovsky’s major contributions have been the notion of a revolution of the lower middle strata in the society and politics of the Russian Empire and its successor regimes and the application of theories of corporatism to the institutional, social and political history of the turbulent years, 1914-1921.
Orlovsky currently studies the broad history of bureaucracy in Russia from pre-revolutionary times through the Soviet era and the transition to post-Soviet administrations. He travels annually to Moscow to work in the trade union, Communist Party, and state bureaucracy archives in pursuit of the “hidden class,” large numbers of Soviet citizens who were white collar workers during the entire Soviet era. He finds that these “employees” have not fit easily into the accepted and official narratives or categories of the Soviet regime.
The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.
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