The Great Britain – Russia Society
Autumn Session (September – December 2004)
A galaxy of seven stellar specialist speakers
Saturday 11 September 2004, at the Cardinal Inn, 23 Francis Street, SW1P 1DN. 11.30 for 12 Noon
RUSSIA, HER NEIGHBOURS AND OTHER GREAT POWERS
This is the fourth in a series of Lectures on International Relations
“RUSSO – CHINESE RELATIONS”
Dr. ROSEMARY QUESTED
A talk dealing with the history of relations, occasionally adversarial but currently co-operative, between Russia (the
world’s largest state, but sparsely populated in the Far East) and China (with 1.2 billion people, the world’s most
populous). Both these Great Powers are undergoing fundamental economic transition, although, politically, China
retains a one party Communist system.
Will the Russian Federation and China forge a powerful new axis to counter the USA? How serious are the former
territorial disputes, and might they erupt again? What does the future hold?
After wartime service with the ATS Rosemary Quested graduated in Russian Regional Studies at SSEES in 1949.
Worked for three years in the administrative branch of the Foreign Office, thirteen months of those in the British
Embassy in Moscow. Read modern Chinese at SOAS (1953-55). Obtained her M.A. at SSEES in 1957 on “The
Russian sphere of influence in China 1895-1917, and her PhD in 1963 on “The Expansion of Russia in East Asia
(1856-60)”. Lecturer in History, University of Malaya (1964-1970), then Reader in History, University of Hong Kong
until her retirement in 1984.
Dr. Rosemary Quested a long time member of the GB-USSR Association and of the Gt. Britain China Centre is also
the author or co-editor of eleven books, most of which deal with Russo-Chinese relations.
A crucial geopolitical presentation from a leading expert in this field, providing the facts for all of us concerned with
A FASCINATING SATURDAY MID-DAY TALK
Thursday 30 September 2004, Swedenborg Hall 20/21 Bloomsbury Way WC1A 2TH 6.30 for 7.00 p.m.
Nearest tube station is Holborn (Central & Piccadilly lines). Entrance to the Hall itself is in Barter St.
Complimentary Wine Reception from 6.30 p.m. until 7.00 p.m.
“THE DEMISE OF MARXISM – LENINISM IN RUSSIA”
PROFESSOR ARCHIE BROWN F.B.A.
Archie Brown will talk on the theme of his new edited book (he is author of 2 of the 8 chapters), which examines the evolution of new political ideas in the Soviet Union, even before the Gorbachev era, as well as the ‘New Political Thinking’ of the perestroika period. He looks beyond the defeat of Marxism-Leninism in the last years of the Soviet Union to its fate in post-Soviet Russia, in which a much weakened Communist Party has itself abandoned many Leninist tenets by embracing, in principle, a mixed economy and flirting with religion. Professor Brown will examine what he argues was a ‘conceptual revolution’ in Russia between 1987 and 1990, and the path to acceptance of political pluralism. He will discuss the difficulties faced not only by Marxist-Leninist ideology but also by liberal thought in post -Soviet Russia in recent years.
Archilbald Haworth Brown, son of the Manse, with a First from the London School of Economics and Political Science
in 1962, Lecturer in Politics at Glasgow (1964-71), British Council Exchange Scholar Moscow University (1967-8),
member of the Council of SSEES (92-98), Professor of Politics in the University of Oxford since 1989, Fellow of St
Antony’s College since 1971, Director of the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre at St. Antony’s 1989-94 and 1999- 2001, is one of Britain’s most eminent political scientists. Has been Visiting Professor of Political Sciences Yale University, University of Connecticut, Columbia University and University of Texas at Austin. Visiting Fellow Kellogg Institute for International Studies University of Notre Dame. Elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1991, author or (co)editor of 16 books. “The Gorbachev Factor” (1996) was awarded the WJM MacKenzie Prize of the Political Studies Assn for the best political science book of the year, and the Alec Nove Prize of BASEES as the best book in any discipline on Russian Communism and Post Communism. Author of “Gorbachev, Yeltsin and Putin: Political Leadership in Russia’s Transition”.
“The Demise of Marxism-Leninism” (published September 2004) should be on sale at the meeting at a discount to
Friday 8 October 2004,at 6.00 p.m. Chatham House, 10 St. James Square, London SW1Y 4LE
A JOINT MEETING AT THE ROYAL INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS!
ABOUT THE FUTURE WORLD ECONOMY. SPEAKER COURTESY OF BP plc
“THE RUSSIAN OIL MIRACLE”
PROFESSOR THANE GUSTAFSON
Cambridge (Massachusetts USA) Energy Research Association
Be seated by 5.50 p.m. Questions 7.00 p.m. Wine Reception 7.30p.m. – 8.00p.m.
In the Chair: Sir Andrew Wood G.C.M.G
(Great Britain’s Ambassador to the Russian Federation 1995-2000)
Thane Gustafson, CERA Senior Director of Eurasia Energy, is a widely recognized authority on Eurasia who has
spent 25 years studying and travelling in Russia, Ukraine, and the rest of the Former Soviet Union (FSU). He is the
author of Capitalism Russian Style, described as “a tough-minded analysis of Russia’s roller coaster ride from
communism to capitalism..” by Pulitzer Prize winner Hedrick Smith. Dr. Gustafson is also the co-author (with Daniel
Yergin) of Russia 2010 and What it means for the World and the author of Crisis amid Plenty: The Politics of
Soviet Energy under Brezhnev and Gorbachev, which was awarded the Marshall Shulman Prize as the best book
on Soviet affairs. Dr. Gustafson is also the author of books on the Russian military, technology policy, and
environmental problems in the FSU. Formerly a professor at Harvard University and a political analyst at the Rand Corporation, he is also a professor of government at Georgetown University.
Dr. Gustafson directs CERA’s analysis on Eurasian energy. He is the author of several recent reports, including
analyses of technology transfer and the Russian “oil miracle”; gas market development and transportation issues,
including new pipeline; quality banking; Russian oil production growth and the domestic and foreign markets; USRussian political and energy relations; regulatory and legal reform in the Russian energy sector; and gas and power reform.
POSSIBLY THE MOST SIGNIFICANT LECTURE WE HAVE EVER HELD.
LIMITED SEATS. PROMPT BOOKING IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED!
Tuesday 2 November 2004, University of London Union, Malet St WC1E 7HY at 5.45 for 6.00 p.m.
From 5.45 p.m. until 6.00 p.m. Complimentary Wine Reception (in Room 3E)
6.00 p.m. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
We need a minimum of 10% of the Membership to achieve a quorum
PLEASE MAKE A SPECIAL EFFORT TO ATTEND, AND ON TIME!
7.00 P.M. “PETER THE GREAT IN PUTIN’S RUSSIA”
PROFESSOR LINDSEY HUGHES (a talk illustrated with slides)
In the Chair: Mr John C.Q. Roberts
(Director of the GB-USSR Assn and the Britain-Russia Centre 1973-1993)
Exploring the image in Russia today of Peter the Great (1682-1725), arguably the most important figure in Russian
history. In Soviet times Peter was one of the few Tsars (the other was Ivan the Terrible) who enjoyed a positive
reputation, even though historians were obliged to mention his faults. He has remained prominently in the public eye in the post Soviet period, and notably during the St. Petersburg Tercentenary celebrations in 2003. Vladimir Putin is a native of St. Petersburg & a former Deputy Mayor. A flood of publications and exhibitions reflect a tendency for Russian commentators to analyse the present through the prism of the past, hence the number of references to the ‘Petrine’ features of some of President Putin’s policies. Peter’s portrait or name can be seen endorsing cigarettes, champagne and vodka. New (and generally controversial) statues of him have been erected. New books have appeared. Now is a good time to take stock and try to explain what Peter means in Russia today.
Lindsey Hughes, Britain’s leading authority on Peter the Great, is Professor of Russian History and Director of the
Centre for Russian Studies at SSEES, UCL. She is also the Editor of the Slavonic & East European Review. Since
1976 author, translator or (co) editor of some 14 books, with a further three in preparation. Key works include
“Sophia, Regent of Russia 1657-1704”, awarded the Heldt Prize by AAASS and published in Russian, “Russia in the
Age of Peter the Great” – awarded the 1998 Alec Nove Prize. Named as an outstanding Academic Book of 1999 by
Choice Magazine. “Peter the Great, A Biography” translated into Italian, Estonian, Greek and Russian.
TO WHAT EXTENT IS PUTIN INFLUENCED BY PETER THE GREAT?
We hope to have some of the books by Professor Lindsey Hughes on sale, again with a discount to members.
Monday 22 November 2004. Swedenborg Hall, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way WC1A 2TH 6.30 for 7.00p.m.
Nearest tube is Holborn (Central & Piccadilly lines). Entrance to the Hall itself is in Barter Street.
There will be a complimentary Wine Reception from 6.30 p.m. until 7.00 p.m.
“THE STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM – A MUSEUM FOR THE WORLD”
GERALDINE NORMAN (a talk illustrated with slides)
In the Chair: Felicity Cave M.B.E (Director of the Britain-Russia Centre 2000-1)
The Hermitage Museum, one of the leading art galleries of the world, counts its foundation to 1764, the year that
Catherine the Great made her first bulk purchase of paintings from an art dealer in Berlin. They had been intended
for Frederick the Great of Prussia, and she was effectively flaunting her superiority. In 1852 her grandson, Nicholas I, installed the family collection in a new museum wing, the New Hermitage, and opened its doors to the public, joining the new trend for establishing museums that was spreading across Europe and America.
During the Soviet era the Hermitage was a cultural showcase for the nation. Heads of State visiting Moscow would
be transported up to Leningrad to experience Russia’s treasure house. President Putin continues this tradition.
Having invited 40 Heads of State to visit St. Petersburg for the Tercentenary in 2003 he took them to the Hermitage. Today the Hermitage is changing and innovating from day to day – opening new galleries and outlets across St. Petersburg and exhibition spaces across the world – in the UK, USA and Holland.
Geraldine Norman, Oxford graduate, is the UK representative of the State Hermitage Museum. For most of her
career she has worked as an art journalist, as Sale Room Correspondent of The Times (1969-1987) and as Art
Market Correspondent of The Independent (1987-95), winning News Reporter of the Year, British Press Awards in
1976. The author of 7 books, in 1997 she published “The Hermitage. The Biography of a Great Museum” and in 1999 she became the first Director of the Hermitage Rooms in Somerset House London, appearing also in TV
programmes about the Hermitage.
A RARE TREAT (but possibly the first of future ‘Hermitage’ Presentations)
Thursday 2 December, University of London Union, Malet St WC1E 7HY 6.15 for 6.45 p.m.(Room 3E)
“GALINA ULANOVA – RUSSIAN BALLET LEGEND”
A 90 minute presentation IN RUSSIAN, illustrated with both TV film and slides
In the Chair: Dr Lydia Buravova (Lecteur in Russian at SSEES)
Russia is renowned for its unrivalled pre eminence in ballet. In the mid twentieth century the Bolshoi was the pinnacle of perfection, and Galina Ulanova was the Bolshoi’s principal ballerina, an instantaneous sensation on her appearance in London in 1956: in the USSR – a legend in her lifetime.
Natasha Dissanayake, born Moscow, graduated as a teacher of Russian Language and Literature from the
Moscow Pedagogical Institute, named after N. Krupskaya. Taught at a Moscow school for 11 years, then worked
as an Editor at the Progress Publishing House for 7 years.Came to England in 1972 and taught Russian in Schools and Colleges. Then completed the Blue Badge Guide Course and works also as an Interpreter. This evening Natasha Dissanayake talks to us in Russian.
Worked with the Bolshoi, Mariinsky and other ballet companies on their tours of Britain. Ballet has always been the love of Natasha’s life. Studied ballet as a child, and as a student did a lot of ballroom dancing. Always an avid ballet goer. Does research on ballet and writes about ballet for the Bolshoi Theatre Magazine, the London Courier and other publications. Talk starts at 6.45 p.m.
CONSUMMATE ARTISTRY – AN ETHEREAL DELIGHT.
Thursday 16 December 2004. School of Slavonic & East European Studies, Senate House (North Block),
Malet Street WC1E 7HU. 6.15 p.m. for 6.30 p.m. Room 336 & 336a Third Floor
By courtesy of the Director of SSEES, Professor George Kolankiewicz
DOUBLE BILL. MAJOR LECTURE, then THE CHRISTMAS PARTY
A Lecture dedicated to the memory of the late Professor Hugh Seton-Watson
“THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE & ITS RIVALS FROM THE 16TH
CENTURY TO THE PRESENT”
PROFESSOR DOMINIC LIEVEN F.B.A.
The Russian, British, Ottoman and Habsburg Empires compared. Empires in competition. Nationalism and
(World) Wars as the Nemesis of Empire. Empires and their aftermath.
This is history over a vast canvass, on the grandest scale, combining exhilarating panoramic overviews, microscopic forensic analysis with devastatingly precise judgements – giving you a real ‘feel’ for history in flux, for the causes and effects of imperceptible or dramatic alterations in the balance of power.
Dominic Christopher Bogdan Lieven, an outstanding historian, son of Prince and Princess Alexander Lieven, graduated first in his year at Cambridge in 1973. Kennedy scholar at Harvard. Completed his PhD at SSEES in 1978 under Hugh Seton-Watson. Became a lecturer in the Dept of Government at LSE where he is now Professor of Russian Government. Has been a visiting Professor at Tokyo and Harvard Universities. Also a Humboldt Fellow in Göttingen, Munich. In addition to “Empire” he is the author of “Russia and the Origins of the First World War”, “Russia’s Rulers under the Old Regime”, “The Aristocracy in Europe 1815-1914” and “Nicholas II: Emperor of All the Russias”.
A HIGHLIGHT OF THE SESSION – DEFINITELY NOT TO BE MISSED!
And from approximately 8.00 p.m. until 10.00 p.m.
THE GREAT BRITAIN-RUSSIA SOCIETY’S FAMOUS CHRISTMAS PARTY
*** STARRING (in Russian National Costume) ***
THE BIBS EKKEL RUSSIAN GYPSY TRIO
Gypsy Violin, Guitar, Balalaika, Accordion & More
Bibs Ekkel one of the world’s most versatile balalaika players outside Russia. Professional catering by “Russian
Connections”, providing endless platters of Russian gastronomic delights, with vodka, wine and soft drinks.
MAGICAL MUSIC, EXUBERANT, ENCHANTING ATMOSPHERE!
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Members paying for a minimum of 5 talks pay only £4 per meeting (a discount of 20%) but all pay £18
for the Professor Dominic Lieven Lecture and Christmas Party on December 16th.