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Interview with Manfred Hildermeier

June 30, 2015
Stefan Plaggenborg
p. 33-42



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Stefan Plaggenborg (SP): You wrote two books on the “The Russian Revolution,” which cover the years 1905 to 1921; the “History of the Soviet Union” beginning in 1917; and, recently, you published a “History of Russia” from the Middle Ages to 1917. It seems that 1917 lies somewhat in the middle of your research interests. However, we do not find a chapter about the question of whether or how one should remember this particular year in Russian history. We could start with this question. The beginning of World War I was widely and publically remembered all over Europe. Why should societies in Europe and elsewhere remember Russia’s year 1917, and what should they remember?

Manfred Hildermeier (MH): The answer is simple, because the Russian events of 1917 had a Europe‑wide and, in the long run, even—in the very sense of the word—a global impact. This is true in several respects. For one, the demise of the Tsarist Empire had also the almost immediate consequence of Russia’s military breakd...

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Stefan Plaggenborg, « Interview with Manfred Hildermeier », Cahiers du monde russe [Online], 58/1-2 | 2017, Online since 01 January 2019, Connection on 23 February 2018. URL :

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