Lecture: The Russian Cortés? Yermak and the Problem of Conquest in Russian History


Location: DeBartolo Hall, Room 313

Willard Sunderland
Associate Professor
Fields: Modern Russia, Modern Europe, World

Professor Sunderland received his BA in Russian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and his doctorate in history from Indiana University. He has taught at the University of Cincinnati since 1996. His primary research interests are in the history of the Russian Empire in the modern period. He has worked and traveled extensively in Russia and other states of the former Soviet Union. His current book project is a microhistory of the tsarist empire focused on the life of Baron Roman von Ungern-Sternberg, the “Mad Baron” of Mongolia.

Selected Publications:
“Shop Signs, Monuments, Souvenirs: Views of the Empire in Everyday Life,” in Valerie Kivelson and Joan Neuberger (eds.), Picturing Russia: Essays on Visual Evidence (Yale University Press, forthcoming)

Peopling the Russian Periphery: Borderland Colonization in Eurasian History (co-edited with Nicholas Breyfogle and Abby Schrader) (Routledge, 2007)

Taming the Wild Field: Colonization and Empire on the Russian Steppe (Cornell University Press, 2004 [Paperback 2006])

This lecture is sponsored by the Program for Russian and East European Studies and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.