History Ex Silo

History Ex Silo

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History Ex Silo is place where historians step outside of their expertise silos to engage with the work of other historians who focus on different chronological or geographical contexts. Brought to you by the journal Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, History Ex Silo is hosted by Kritika’s Special Topics Editor, Stephen V. Bittner.

Writing the History of Money and Monetary Policy

November 8, 2023

Writing the History of Money and Monetary Policy

Ekaterina Pravilova and Rebecca Spang
Hosted by Stephen Bittner

What do the histories of currency and monetary policy tell us about societies at large, political structures, and cultures? Ekaterina Pravilova and Re…

Empires, States, Corporations: A Discussion with Historians Philip J. Stern and Quinn Slobodian

November 3, 2023

Empires, States, Corporations

Philip J. Stern and Quinn Slobodian
Hosted by Erika Monahan

Adam Smith wrote that, “Political economy belongs to no nation; it is of no country: it is the science of the rules for the production, the accumulati…

The Family in History, History in the Family: National Identity in Nineteenth-century Kyiv and Immigration Politics in West Germany after 1955

October 21, 2023

The Family in History, History in the Family

Fabian Baumann and Lauren Stokes
Hosted by Stephen Bittner

In two new books, Fabian Baumann and Lauren Stokes examine the past through the lens of family structures and relations. In Dynasty Divided: A Family …

Books in Early Modern Europe: A Discussion with Simon Franklin, Andrew Pettegree, and Arthur de Weduwen

October 7, 2023

Books in the Early Modern World

Simon Franklin, Andrew Pettegree, and Arthur de Weduwen
Hosted by Erika Monahan

If you are reading this, it’s probably hard—nearly impossible—to imagine a world without writing—without print, books, newspapers, signs, graffiti, ad…

Toward a More Expansive View of Medieval Europe: Kyivan Rus and Norman Salerno in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries

August 14, 2023

Toward a More Expansive View of Medieval Europe

Christian Raffensperger and Joanna Drell
Hosted by Stephen Bittner
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Focusing on gender relations, family formation, and marriage patterns in areas peripheral to the England, France, and the Holy Roman Empire, Christian…

Socialist Cultures and Politics of Secularism and Atheism

June 13, 2023

Socialist Cultures and Politics of Secularism and Atheism

Todd Weir and Victoria Smolkin
Hosted by Stephen Bittner
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Two new books on secularism and atheism in German and Soviet socialist cultures are reshaping scholarly understandings of the relationship between soc…

New Histories of Violence in and around the Second World War

June 10, 2023

New Histories of Violence in and around the Second World War

Max Bergholz and Nicole Eaton
Hosted by Stephen Bittner
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Why does state-led and intercommunal violence occur? How do past episodes of mass violence reverberate in the present? How do victims and perpetrators…

Empires after World War II: The Cases of the USSR and France

May 20, 2023

Empires after World War II: The Cases of the USSR and France

Rachel Applebaum and Emily Marker
Hosted by Stephen Bittner

Where lay the fissures of Soviet power in Eastern Europe during the Cold War? Why did France fail in its postwar efforts to make its African colonies …

Soviet Hippies and German “Other ‘68ers”: A Conversation about Youth Non-Conformity and Protest

February 28, 2023

Soviet Hippies and German “Other ‘68ers”

Juliane Fürst and Anna von der Goltz
Hosted by Stephen Bittner

On first glance, Soviet hippies would seem to have little in common with right-wing student protestors in West Germany in 1968. Yet as Juliane Fürst a…

Rethinking the End of the Russian and Habsburg Empires

February 21, 2023

Rethinking the End of the Russian and Habsburg Empires

Joshua Sanborn and Dominique Kirchner Reill
Hosted by Stephen Bittner

Historians often think of World War I and the period surrounding it as the acme of nationalism in European politics. In two very different books, Josh…