Australia’s foremost researcher on modern Russia, Sheila Fitzpatrick, joins us at the pivotal moment in Russian history to discuss the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, and Russia’s post-Soviet agenda under Vladimir Putin. Sheila’s recent book, The Shortest History of the Soviet Union, is a lively, authoritative distillation of seventy-five years of communist rule and the collapse of an empire, and an examination of Russia’s ongoing influence on global politics under its current president.
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Sheila Fitzpatrick is one of Australia’s leading historians of modern Russia, especially the Stalin period, and is also an expert on Russian migration to Australia. She received a Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award in 2002 and the American Historical Association’s Award for Scholarly Distinction in 2012. Her recent books include White Russians, Red Peril: A Cold War History of Migration to Australia and her memoir A Spy in the Archives: A Memoir of Cold War Russia, and her latest book is The Shortest History of the Soviet Union.