Prof. Matthew Pauly is giving an invited talk at the Harriman Institute (Columbia University) as part of a yearlong seminar on “Empire and Information.”
STATE VIOLENCE AND CONTROL OF INFORMATION IN UKRAINE (THE
1920S-1930S): NEW ARCHIVAL FINDINGS AND METHODOLOGIES
Friday, March 7, 2014
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB)
Matthew Pauly, an assistant professor in the Department of History at Michigan State University, will provide insight into Soviet cultural politics and control of the intelligentsia (teachers) in Ukraine. He will discuss Soviet Ukrainization policies in the context of the mounting group criminal cases that were launched by the Soviet secret police in 1929 against an alleged nationalist conspiracy hatched by the Ukrainian intelligentsia. The efforts of leading Ukrainizers had been condemned, distorted, and criminalized. His research analyzes the motivations for Soviet charges that linked Ukrainian teachers with the dissemination of nationalist ideology among the Ukrainian youth. The purging operations among teachers were designed to ensure effective control of the peripheries and rural/urban union in the republic for the successful collectivization campaign in the Ukrainian countryside.