Twenty-Five Years Later: The Collapse of the USSR: A Workshop for Teachers

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, S354

The largely peaceful disintegration of the Soviet Union 25 years ago was one of the most important events of the 20th century.  For nearly half a century, the Soviet Union had been a global superpower opposed to the United States.  In the late 1980s, after Mikhail Gorbachev launched his program of perestroika and glasnost, no one expected that the Soviet Union would suddenly collapse within a few years.  Even now, a quarter of a century after the event, the abrupt and largely peaceful end of Communist rule in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union seems nearly miraculous. History offers no previous instances in which revolutionary political and social change of this magnitude transpired with almost no violence. This workshop will allow teachers a chance to revisit that history through lecture, pedagogical application, and the viewing of the historical exhibit, "The Demise of the Soviet Union, 1985-1991: A 25-Year Retrospective." 

The lecture will be provided by Professor Serhii Plokhii, author of the book, "The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union." Every teacher at the event will receive a copy of the book.


Serhii Plokhii, Mykhailo S. Hrushevs'kyi Professor of Ukrainian History, Harvard University; Director, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute; Faculty Associate, Davis Center

Register by completing this form. The cost of participation is $20. Checks should be made payable to "President and Fellows of Harvard College" and can be sent by mail to the following address:

Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

c/o Anna Mudd

1730 Cambridge Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

Sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

For more information, please call 617-495-4037.