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The Politics of Crisis: Economy, Ethnicity, & Trotskyism in Belorussia

Workshop for faculty and graduate students with

Andrew Sloin, Departments of History and Jewish Studies, Earlham College

Friday, March 29, 2013
12 noon
Ballantine Hall 004

From 1927-1928, the Communist Party of Belorussia launched a sweeping campaign to eradicate the political deviation of "Trotskyism" from the ranks of the party. Focusing upon this anti-Trotskyist campaign, the brunt of which fell overwhelmingly on Jewish members of the party throughout Belorussia, this talk will examine the relationship between politics, economic crisis, and Jewish identity in post-Revolutionary Belorussia.

Andrew Sloin is an Assistant Professor of History and the Co-Director of Jewish Studies at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. He received his Ph.D. in History and Jewish Studies from the University of Chicago, and is the author of the in-progress book, Toiling in Soviet Babel: Labor, Culture, and the Jewish Revolution in Belorussia, 1917-1929. His research focuses on Jewish history in Russia, the Soviet Union, and Europe during the interwar period, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between economy, politics, and culture.