Roots of Russia and the US
During World War I, the US faced major challenges and transformations, while Russia
faced those and an impending revolution from czarism to communism. March 1917: On the Brink of War and Revolution, by Will Englund, examines problems faced by both countries: poverty and social stratification,
ethnic tensions and Jim Crow, economic instability, and reform movements from prohibition
to women's suffrage. Englund argues that March 1917 was a foundational month for both
nations and helped shape the relationship they find themselves in today.
Englund will discuss these issues Wednesday, March 22, at 5:30 p.m. in Palamountain Hall, room 202. The lecture is free and open to the public; copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
A Pulitzer, Polk, and Overseas Press Club Award winner, Englund was a Moscow correspondent for the Washington Post and has spent 12 years reporting from Russia. He is a Harvard grad with an MSJ from Columbia.