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08:45 4 July - 17:45 5 July 2013

Trust and Distrust in the Eastern Bloc and the Soviet Union, 1956-1991


Room 433 | SSEES Building (link Map)
16 Taviton Street | London | WC1H 0BW | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE
Ticketing: Ticketed and Pre-booking essential

Trust is an essential part of individual lives and the workings of modern society. Not only democracies, but also dictatorships like the Soviet state and authoritarian regimes like post-war European socialist societies needed trust as a crucial resource for social integration and the stability of the political order. What did this most basic of emotions, a requisite for social relationships, look like in the Soviet Union and other socialist European states, which are usually described as societies of distrust? How did "ordinary people" in these countries act, speak and experience themselves in the insecure, risky, and untrustworthy circumstances of everyday life? And how did the socialist states manage distrust and produce the trust necessary to legitimate themselves and preserve the existing political order?

The second day will be held in Roberts Building Room 309, Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7JE


Rachel Quarmby
+44 (0)2076798754 | r.quarmby@ucl.ac.uk


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