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The War in Ukraine: How did we get here?| Roundtable Discussion

In this fascinating and engaging hybrid event, six experts come together to discuss the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This discussion covers the uses and abuses of political power, the long legacy of Soviet rule, the formation of national and imperial identity, and the long and painful history Ukraine has of being a 'shatter zone of empires'.

Recorded at Royal Holloway, University of London, 15 March 2022.

The brilliant panel features:

Prof. Samuel Greene,

Director of King's Russia Institute & Professor of Russian Politics, King’s College London

Prof. Volodymyr Dubovyk, Department of International Relations, Mechnikov National University, Odessa

Dr Olga Onuch, Department of Politics, University of Manchester

Prof. Dan Stone, Department of History, Royal Holloway Dr Daniel Beer, Department of History, Royal Holloway


Why not take a look at Daniel Beer's article "Russia's war with the West" in the 'New Statesman' here.

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What's special about History at Royal Holloway

In this video Professor Sarah Ansari talks about what makes History at Royal Holloway special.

Hello, and welcome to the History department.

Could there be a more important time to be a historian?

The study of History ensures that the past remains alive, dynamic, controversial, and ever relevant. It is the study of justice and injustice, innovation and continuity, freedom and oppression, race and religion, ideas and ideologies, exploration and discovery, health and illness, sex and death, architecture and art, literature and music.

To be a historian is to be curious and imaginative: ready to question, to challenge and to learn. It is these qualities which define the History department at Royal Holloway. Comprising a dynamic community of scholars, the department has an international reputation for its research and teaching and commitment to public engagement. We are passionate about our work and committed to the wellbeing of our students.

For more information about the department or to arrange a visit, please do get in touch with me, Dr Daniel Beer, Head of the History Department.