Hiroaki Kuromiya

Professor of History, Indiana University Bloomington

Visiting Fellow
(September 2009 – June 2010)

Project:

Europe, the Soviet Union and Asia

The emergence of an openly anticapitalist and atheist government in the largest country in the world radically changed the map of the globe. Europe and Asia were immediately and directly affected by the new Communist state. European-Soviet relations have been studied extensively. I propose to add a Eurasian perspective. The Soviet Union was both a European and an Asian state. Up to WWII Japan worked closely with Poland and the Baltic States as well as emigré groups from the Soviet Union to subvert the Soviet threat. Events in Mongolia, China, Afghanistan, Persia, Turkey and elsewhere on the Eurasian continent affected European affairs in subtle yet substantive ways. What does this perspective add to the current state of knowledge of the history of Europe?