PhD in history.

Gudrun Persson

PhD in history from the London School of Economics and Political Science; researcher. She specializes in the periods of reform in Russian history. Her most recent publications are Learning from Foreign Wars: Russian Military Thinking 1859–1873 (forthcoming) and Varför föll Sovjetunionen? [Why did the Soviet Union fall?] (2006). Currently, she is working on a book about the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia’s search for a national memory.

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Articles by Gudrun Persson

  1. the tristesse and the lie

    Factors such as widespread ennui and resignation should also be seen as part of the explanation for the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The increasing tristesse, combined with a diminishing fear of reprisals, contributed to the collapse of the system, it is here claimed.

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