The lecture entitled “Eastern European “Backwardness” and the Coronavirus Pandemic”
The “backwardness” of Eastern Europe seems to be a long-standing historical fact, although the region is extremely diverse today and definitions of backwardness are plenty. The coronavirus pandemic might be interpreted as something like a stress test for the state, institutions, and society. To a certain degree, success and failure in this crisis are measurable. Because of several factors including the assumed superiority of western institutions, one might expect the eastern half of the continent to struggle more with the pandemic than the western half. However, up to today, the outcome is mixed.
Disclaimer: The lecturer is a historian and will not present anything new about the medical or epidemiological aspects of this pandemic.
Olaf Mertelsmann studied history, German, pedagogics and Finno-Ugristics at the University of Hamburg in 1990–1995 and received his PhD in Modern History in 2000. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Tartu (1996–1998) and at the Novosibirsk State University and the Novosibirsk Pedagogical University, Russia (1998–2002), Teaching Fellow at the University of Hamburg (2003), Research Fellow at the University of Tartu (2004–2005). He gave his venia legend in 2005 and was Associate Professor in Contemporary History in 2005–2020 and became Professor of Eastern European History in 2020. His research interests include Eastern European, especially Baltic and Soviet history, Stalinism, social and economic history, and both world wars. He has authored or co-authored five monographs, numerous articles and has edited or co-edited nine volumes. He is currently working on the Baltic Soviet republics in the 1950s–1960s, Stalinist economics, Estonian transport history and the economic development of the Baltic states since 1920.
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This event is organised following the instructions by the Government of Estonia and the Estonian Health Board.
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