Dr. O'Sullivan, an internationally recognized expert on Soviet and modern Russian and East European history, will speak on Kremlin policy during and after World War II. His talk will focus on the Soviet perspective as revealed by newly available documents and transcripts, and by primary sources only recently disclosed. Professor O'Sullivan maintains that, while most Western books and monographs rely almost exclusively on U.S. and British sources, historians must also consider the Soviet viewpoint in order to have a full understanding of postwar international relations. Dr. O'Sullivan's "behind-the-scenes" look at postwar Soviet ideologies, strategies, and perceptions promises to shed new light on the causes of the collapse of the "Grand Alliance," the establishment of territorial buffer zones in Europe and Asia, and the outbreak and prolongation of the Cold War.
Donal O'Sullivan earned a Ph.D. in Political Science at Bonn University, and a second Ph.D. in Eastern European Contemporary History at Eichstaett, Germany, where he taught from 1996-2001. He is the author of Furcht und Faszination-deutsche und britische Russlundbilder 1921-1933 (Fear and Fascination-German and British Images of Soviet Russia 1921-1933) (1996), co-editor of Sonderwege im Vergleich- Deutschland und Russland im 19. und im 20. Jahrhundert (Special Path in Comparrison- Germany and Russia in the 19th and 20th Century) (2001), and numerous articles on modern Soviet and East European history. Dr. O'Sullivan's awards include the Kurt Magnus Preis of the German national radio and television network, and the Friedwart Bruckhaus Preis for a series of broadcasts on "Modern Political Thought."
Dr. O'Sullivan will speak in the Security Pacific Dining Room of the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. All are welcome, students especially so.