Historian to offer Soviet perspective of Cold War in Hollybush lecture

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Vladislav Zubok, the world’s leading historian of the Soviet perspective of the Cold War, will present "The Soviet Union in the Cold War: A Failed Empire" on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 1:45 p.m. in the auditorium of Rowan Hall at Rowan University, Glassboro, N.J.

Vladislav Zubok, the world’s leading historian of the Soviet perspective of the Cold War, will present "The Soviet Union in the Cold War: A Failed Empire" on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 1:45 p.m. in the auditorium of Rowan Hall at Rowan University, Glassboro, N.J.

Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Zubok’s presentation is one of a series of events planned for the 2007-08 academic year to mark the 40th anniversary of the Hollybush Summit. The lecture is co-sponsored by the history department and the program in international studies.

In June 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin met in the Hollybush Mansion on the grounds of then-Glassboro State College to discuss their opposing views on the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War and the perils of the nuclear arms race. While they signed no formal agreement, Johnson and Kosygin both acknowledged that the Summit was successful as it helped to ease simmering Cold War tensions.

A professor of history at Temple University, Zubok is the author of the new book, A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev (University of North Carolina Press, 2007), which uses access to recently declassified archival materials to illustrate the Soviet perspective on the Cold War.

The first book in English to cover the entire Cold War from the Soviet perspective, A Failed Empire explains the interests, aspirations, illusions, fears and misperceptions of the Kremlin leaders and Soviet elites during the Cold War.

Utilizing recently declassified Politburo records, ciphered telegrams, diaries and taped conversations, among other sources, Zubok’s book provides a history of the Cold War different from those written by Western scholars.

Zubok also is the author, with Konstantine Pleshakov, of the highly-regarded Inside Stalin’s Cold War: From Stalin to Khrushchev (Harvard, 1999), which examined the Cold War through the early 1960s. He is the co-author of Anti-Americanism in Russia: From Stalin to Putin (UNC Press, 2001).

Future events planned for the Hollybush series include:

Nov. 8

"The Perils of Nuclear Proliferation in Iran, Pakistan and North Korea" with speaker Scott Sagan, co-director of Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.

Nov. 12

"The U.S. Civil Rights Movement and the Development of African-American Studies," a symposium featuring panelists Junius Williams of Rutgers, Karen Jackson-Weaver of Princeton, and Tukufu Zuberi of Penn.

Dec. 4

"National Intelligence Estimate: What Went Wrong," with Bob Graham, former U.S. Senator and governor of Florida.

Feb. 19

"Johnson and Kosygin and the Dawn of Détente," with speaker Sergei Khrushchev, senior fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies and son of the late Nikita Khrushchev, former general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

April 1

"Soldiers of the Cold War: Political activism of ethic groups in the U.S. during the Cold War," featuring a host of panelists from colleges and universities nationwide.

April 11-12: Symposium on Nuclear Proliferation

April 11 panel discussion with moderator Dan Rather, former CBS Evening News anchor, and the following panelists: William Porter, director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar Professor of Nonproliferation Studies at Monterey Institute of International Studies; Joseph Cirincione, senior fellow and director for the Nuclear Policy Center for American Progress; and Rose Gottemoeller, Moscow Centre Director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

April 12 symposium (Keynote speakers to be determined).

For more information about Hollybush activities or to view historic video from the Summit, visit www.rowan.edu/hollybush or call 856-256-4240.

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