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Workshop: "Environment as State, Nation, and Mutual Heritage: The Political Nature of 'Mountain' Solidarity in the Caucasus, 1903–1924" by Leone Musgrave, Southern Federal University in Rostov-on-Don (Russia)

Mon, December 9, 2019 | GAR 4.100

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

This paper evaluates the political nature of various "Mountain" political units—a republic, a socialist republic, and an emirate—advocated in the Caucasus in the early twentieth century. It explores potentially radical implications of Mountainists' plan to place an ecosystem at the center of state organization, evaluates the extent to which Mountainists' ideas were realized in other geographically distinct collectivities, such as Scandinavia and island nations, and the extent to which “Mountainist” projects simply echoed “blood and soil” nationalism and calls for political territory to reach “natural” borders.  

Dr. Leone Musgrave is a historian of modern Russia and West Asia. She completed her Ph.D. at Indiana University in 2017 and was recently a Carnegie-supported academic fellow at the Institute of History and International Relations at Southern Federal University in Rostov-on-Don. She has taught Russian, European, and Middle Eastern history at Indiana University and worked in scholarly editing, publicity, and area studies administration and librarianship for the American Historical Review, the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, and Herman B. Wells Library. Her research on the North Caucasus has been supported by Fulbright-Hays, Boren, Mellon, and American Councils awards. Her article on 1917 to 1918 in the North Caucasus appeared in the international journal Revolutionary Russia in spring 2019.

Joan Neuberger
Professor of History, and
Editor, Not Even Past
University of Texas at Austin
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Free and open to the public. Please RSVP to by December 6, at 10am, to sign-up to attend. Light lunch provided to all who RSVP. The Institute for Historical Studies is committed to sustainable practices and minimizing waste. To that end, we ask that you inform us in your RSVP if you will not require lunch.  In addition, we have eliminated all bottled water and encourage attendees to bring their own reusable canteens to fill at our first-floor bottle-refilling station.

Sponsored by: Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History, and Center for European Studies

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