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November 2022

Professor Dame Caroline Humphrey: “On the Edge: Life Along the Russia-China Border”

Friday 25 November, 2022, 18:00 - 19:30
Trinity Hall Main Lecture Theatre, Trinity Lane
Cambridge, CB2 1TJ United Kingdom
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Presentation of the book "On the Edge: Life Along the Russia-China Border"

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February 2023

“Inconvenient Truths” talk by Jennifer Antill – author of Small Acts of Kindness, a tale of the first Russian Revolution

Thursday 16 February, 18:30 - 21:00
Vivien Stewart Room, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, Huntingdon Road
Cambridge, CB3 0DF United Kingdom
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Small Acts of Kindness, is a novel set against the background of a revolt that took place in Saint Petersburg in December 1825. Imperial Russia still basks in the glory of victory over Napoleon, but, in the army and elsewhere, resentment is growing. Entangled in conspiracy, can Vasily escape the Tsar’s vengeance, restore his lost love, and learn to live a different life? The underlying theme of the book, the struggle against autocracy and the freedom of millions of serfs from…

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May 2023

Geographies of Russia Lecture 3. Arctic cities of Russia: a feat, a mistake, a conditionality? by Dr Nadezhda Zamyatina

Friday 19 May, 18:30 - 20:30

We continue our series of lectures on the Geographies of Russia that showcase various aspects of geography, covering environmental issues, socio-economic and cultural geography, the geography of the Arctic and the culture of the indigenous peoples of Siberia. This talk will discuss how Russian Arctic cities came into existence, when, from the point of view of the modern urban economy, they cannot exist. There are no conventional trade networks there and these cities are too small to provide an effective…

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June 2023

From Furs to Fabergé: Gifts, Diplomacy and British-Russian Artistic Relations by Dr Louise Hardiman

Thursday 22 June, 18:30 - 20:00
Yusuf Hamied Theatre Christ College, 46 King St
Cambridge, CB1 1LN United Kingdom
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£5 – £8
NICHOLAS CHEVALIER (1828-1902) The arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh at Windsor, 7 March 1874 signed and dated 1874

Courtly Gifts and Cultural Diplomacy: Art, Material Culture and British-Russian Relations, 2023 Since the escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian war in 2022, artistic and cultural relations between Russia and Britain have entered a difficult phase. However, when the longer historical picture is considered, there are countless examples of visual culture that can illustrate the presence of a flourishing British-Russian cultural dialogue. One fascinating aspect of this history is that of gift giving and cultural diplomacy between the Russian and British monarchies.…

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