Historical Perspectives on Russia's War Against Ukraine

Tuesday 29 March 2022 (17:00-18:30)

Please contact Dr Svenja Bethke (sb744@leicester.ac.uk) or Dr Klaus Richter (k.richter@bham.ac.uk) for further information on this event.

The University of Birmingham campus
A joint expert-panel discussion of the Institute for German and European Studies (University of Birmingham) and the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (University of Leicester)


To understand Russia’s war against Ukraine, we need to understand the two countries’ deeply entangled histories. Putin’s references to Ukraine as Lenin’s ‘artificial’ creation, his claims that Ukraine is ruled by Neo-Nazis, but also Ukrainian responses to Putin’s aggression, mean that this is also a war over competing interpretations of the past. The IGES and SBC bring together three experts who will shed light on the question why history matters in this war by addressing issues such as Ukrainian and Russian collective memory, the history of Ukrainian displaced persons, and the historical roots of Europe’s reliance on Russian energy.


  • Jan-Hinnerk Antons (Helmut-Schmidt University Hamburg) 
  • Frank Uekötter (University of Birmingham)
  • Anna Wylegała (Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw)

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