Interview with Nikolay Koposov, October 7, 2010
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Interview with Nikolay Koposov, research director at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies in Finland and former dean of the Smolny college of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Saint-Petersburg State University (1998-2009). Interview conducted in Ithaca, NY on October 7, 2010. Prof. Koposov has written on early modern France, approaches to history, and the politics of historical memory in Russia. His works have been published in French and Russian, including most recently a French translation of his 2001 book originally published in Russian, How Historians Think (De l'imagination historique).
Interview Themes: The contours of the historical profession in the USSR in the 1970s (01:49) Koposov’s path to the study of history (08:03) Political implications of social history in the USSR in the 1970s (13:10) Political shifts in the Soviet Union in the 1980s and 1990s as reflected in the historical profession (16:45) Koposov’s cohort of like-minded historians (26:24) Retrospective perspectives on the period preceding the collapse of the Soviet Union (28:33) On the collapse of communism from a historian’s perspective (32:33) Hopes and aspirations for St. Petersburg State in the 1990s (38:30) The fate of St. Petersburg State over time (42:23) On scholars who influenced Koposov (49:32)
Interview; Nikolay Koposov