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History forum
May 10, 2005
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A California State University, Bakersfield history professor will discuss the so-called “Orange Revolution” in Ukraine in late 2004 at the CSUB History Department's spring History Forum on Friday (May 13) at 4 p.m.

Mark Baker, who specializes in Eastern European history and who lived in Ukraine for three years, will put into historical perspective “The ‘Orange Revolution’ as Social History: What Happened in late 2004 in Ukraine and Why?” in the Albertson Room adjacent to the Doré Theater on the CSUB campus.

In his presentation, Baker will compare last fall’s dramatic events to other earlier revolutions in Eastern Europe. While much of the media focused on the struggle between the pro-Russian candidate, Viktor Yanukovich, and the pro-Western candidate, Viktor Yushchenko, Baker will explore the experiences of the demonstrators and other Ukrainian citizens rarely mentioned in Western press reports.

“To Western observers, thousands of protesters on the streets of Kiev and Lviv draped in orange banners may seem to have come out of nowhere,” he said. “My presentation will provide background on the history of Ukraine and explore the historical roots of these recent dramatic events.”

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



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