Call for Papers – Chechnya: Rationales of Violence and War Experiences – Paris, 22-23 October 2012



CONFERENCE – CALL FOR PAPER – Chechnya: rationales of violence and war experiences

Paris, 22-23 October 2012

 Since 1994, the Chechen war has been qualified in diverse ways by actors and observers, and this profusion of qualifiers reveals a multitude of explanations for the causes, goals and consequences of the war. The aim of this conference will be first to sum up, renew and enrich existing research on the Chechen war, by rereading the history of Chechnya since the end of the Soviet period. Its aim will also be to put the phenomena of violence at work in Chechnya in a comparative perspective that takes into account the renewal of contemporary war studies as well as the historiography of 20th century wars. Continue reading

Book – Paul Hagenloh, “Stalin’s Police: Public Order and Mass Repression in the USSR, 1926-1941”

Paul Hagenloh, Stalin’s Police: Public Order and Mass Repression in the USSR, 1926-1941 ,Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2010.

Publisher’s comments: Stalin’s Police offers a new interpretation of the mass repressions associated with the Stalinist terror of the late 1930s. This pioneering study traces the development of professional policing from its pre-revolutionary origins through the late 1930s and early 1940s. Continue reading

Documentary Film – “The KGB Dissent” by Nicolas Jallot (in French)

Nicolas Jallot’s documentary film was shown on the French channel Arte  on November 18, 2010. The documentary film titled « Le dissident du KGB » [The KGB Dissent] is an inquiry into Viktor Orekhov’s life, – an officer of the Soviet political police who was progressively driven to embrace the cause of dissents he had under his surveillance.