Carolina Seminars Series, “Russia and its Empires, East and West” Presents: “The Atomic Scapegoat: Soviet Civil Defense and the 1986 Chernobyl Disaster.”
Research is presented by Edward Geist, Ph.D Candidate in the Department of History at UNC-Chapel Hill.
“Two Worlds of Civil Defense: State, Society, and Nuclear Survival in the USA and USSR, 1945-1991,” Edward Geist’s dissertation, is the first historical study of the Soviet civil defense program during the postwar period, as well as the first comparative account of American and Soviet civil defense.
Edward Geist is a Ph.D. candidate in Soviet history at UNC. He has published articles in Russian Review, the Journal of Cold War Studies, and has a forthcoming article in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine. His research interests include nuclear technology, Soviet history and food history.
This event is in part with the Carolina Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and Eastern European Studies.