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“The Hungry Steppe: Famine, Violence and the Making of Soviet Kazakhstan” a lecture by Kluge Fellow Sarah Cameron

On Thursday, October 20th at 4 p.m., Kluge Fellow Sarah Cameron will lecture on the Kazakh Famine of the 1930s.

In her talk, Cameron will analyze a little-known episode of Stalinist social engineering, the Kazakh famine of 1930-33, which led to the death of more than 1.5 million people, a quarter of Soviet Kazakhstan’s population. Using memoirs, oral history accounts, and archival documents, she will explore the stories of those who lived through the famine, ask how this crisis reshaped Soviet Kazakhstan and what it meant to be “Kazakh,” and how the case of the Kazakh famine alters understandings of development and nation-building under Stalin. Read more about her project.

Sarah Cameron is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park. As a 2016 Kluge Fellow she researched a book project titled, “The Hungry Steppe: Famine, Violence and the Making of Soviet Kazakhstan.”

When: Thursday, October 20, 2016, 4:00 p.m.

Where: Room LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed.

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