JAN. 24, 2003
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu

A California State University, Bakersfield history professor will discuss the social impact of World War I in one province of the Russian Empire at the CSUB History Department's first History Forum of the new year.

Professor Mark Baker will discuss "Rampaging Women, Cowering Police, Bazaar Riots and Moral Economy: the Social Impact of the Great War in Kharkiv Province, Ukraine" at the History Forum scheduled Friday, Feb. 7, at 3:30 p.m. in the Albertson Room adjacent to the Dore Theater on the CSUB campus.

In this presentation, Baker, will talk about the impact of the Great War, 1914-1918, on the home front in Kharkiv Province, in northeastern Ukraine.  By examining those issues that provoked peasants to various forms of collective action, Baker will challenge both the traditional interpretation that the war increased class struggle, and the more recent literature that suggests that the war provoked above all the politicization of ethnic difference.

Baker, who spent some years conducting research in the Ukraine, joined the CSUB history faculty this past fall. He received his doctorate from Harvard University, where he was also a head teaching fellow. He teaches the history of Eastern Europe, the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union.

The History Forum talk is free and the public is invited. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please call the CSUB History Department at (661) 664-3079.