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Monday 3 August – Martin McCauley : Revisiting the Brezhnev Era 18:30 for 19:00

31st July 2020



Dear All,

This is an automated reminder for the next talk in our Zoom series which will take place on Monday August 3rd at 18:30 for 19:00.

We are inviting members, their guests and non-members to book for this Zoom talks in the same way they book physical talks. Those who book will receive an email from our Hon Secretary, Henry Pares, with a link to the Zoom event, one or two days before the talk, inviting them to take part by clicking on the link.  The talk costs £5 per household booking. If you would like to use a credit from a cancelled talk from the previous session please contact our membership secretary, Ute Lynch. We will still need advance notification/booking that you would like to attend as we will need to send you an on line invitation in advance of the talk.

The timing and format will be similar to our physical talks; the speaker will address the Society for around 45 minutes, and this will be followed by a half-hour question and answer session.  When participants join, we request that they mute their microphones for the whole talk.  During the question and answer session, anyone wishing to ask a question, should click on the ‘Raise hand’ icon that will be visible on the screen and wait to be invited by the chairman to speak.  They would at that point, unmute their microphone. 

Talks will all start at 19:00 (but participants are asked to click on the Zoom from 30 minutes beforehand).

Monday 03 August – Martin McCauley will give a talk : Revisiting the Brezhnev Era

Martin McCauley, a long-standing member of the Society who has spoken to us on a number of previous occasions, is a former senior lecturer at University College London’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He is a prolific historian of the Soviet Union and the wider Communist bloc, whose work has emphasised the importance of governance and bureaucratic systems, rather than personalities.

In his talk Martin will explore the issue of why terminal economic decline in the Soviet Union began to set in in the mid-1970s and why the Soviet system was unable effectively to make use of its human capital. In other words, “Why was the system so ineffective despite having so many good people?”

Best wishes




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