The Gorchakov Fund has sponsored a Russian-German academic colloquium in Bonne

06 July 2016

On July 7-8, Russian-German academic colloquium “Society in Germany and the Soviet Union during the First After-War Decade, 1946-1956” will be held in Bonne within the framework of the XIX Meeting of the Joint Commission on Contemporary History Studies of Russian-German Relations (Commission).


Its co-organizers are the Institute of World History RAS and the Institute of Modern History (Munich-Berlin, Germany) with support of the Ministry of Culture and Mass Media of Germany (BKM – Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung fuer Kultur und Medien), the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund and the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Bonne.


It is already the second meeting of the Commission supported by the Gorchakov Fund. In October 2014, the XVII Meeting of the Commission and the academic colloquium within its framework dedicated to the 100th anniversary of World War I was held at the Russian House of Science and Culture in Berlin with support of the Fund, BKM, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Berlin and the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia.


Such academic and research aspects of 1946-1956 as social and demographic consequences of the war, a crisis of the product and consumer goods supply system of the population after the war, changes in the gender profile in the after-war society, hopes for the future and their influence on mentality will be discussed at the present colloquium.


Despite a conceptual difference in political roles of Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II, its consequences, encountered by the society of both countries after 1945, can be comparable. The war has left not only millions of those who died and a colossal material damage, but also deep demographic, social and psychological deformations. Transformation of social structures of both countries from a military into a normal regime was characterized not only by numerous conflicts and painful situations, but it was also accompanied by hope for the future. Studies of those aspects in a comparative-historical perspective are a topic of the coming colloquium. Participants of the colloquium are representatives of historical studies of both countries.

The colloquium will begin on July 8 at 9:30 am (10:00 am Moscow time) in the building of radio station Deutsche Welle in Berlin (Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 3). On July 7, it will be preceded by a plenary session of the Commission on Current Academic and Research Projects coordinated by it.