Broadening your view in times of war

Studium Generale is there to broaden your view. Also without a broad view, it is clear that a disaster is unfolding before our eyes.

Imagine power and gas being cut off, internet and TV no longer working, having to go to an air raid shelter with sirens blaring, not knowing if your family and friends are safe. A war dominates the news encompassing everything Europe seemed to be free of for some decades: destruction, killed and injured, immense fears and uncertainties, enormous flows of refugees and a lot of questions about what exactly the facts are.

In such a period Studium Generale tries to help you to interpret and obtain a better picture of the situation. Therefore, on Tuesday, March 29, we will be hosting an online interview with Prof. Dr. Hans van Koningsbrugge: Understanding the war in Ukraine. You can watch this program via livestream and there will be plenty of time to ask questions. For now, we offer a few suggestions on how you can learn more about the background (see the links below). This is not the complete story, but offers means to look at the issue from a broader perspective. To all those touched by this war whether Ukrainian, Russian, Dutch, or otherwise, we wish everyone much strength. The hope for these horrors to end as soon as possible does not stop at national borders.

Lucas Asselbergs

Head of Studium Generale

  • Podcast: The rest is history: Ukraine and Russia About a brutal and fractured history, from the Viking conquest and Kyivan Rus', to the ever-shifting landscape in the early modern period, to the incredibly complicated Russian Civil War, right up to the modern day.
    (source: Apple Podcasts)
  • Video lecture: Ukraine: A Normal Country by Timothy Snyder, Levin Professor of History and Global Affairs, Yale University (Petryshyn Memorial Lecture)
    (source: Ukrainian Research Institute Harvard University)
  • Video lecture: Insights from Bellingcat on Russia's Ukraine ambitions with Christo Grozev, Head Russia researcher, Bellingcat.
    (source: Reuters Institute)
    Bellingcat is a citizen investigative journalism network. The network specializes in fact checking and conducting open-source intelligence. Bellingcat publishes the findings of both professional and citizen journalist investigations into war zones, human rights abuses, and the criminal underworld. It became known for reporting on the Syrian Civil War, the war in eastern Ukraine, including the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal and later of Alexei Navalny.
    (source: Wikipedia)
  • Dutch-language podcast: Onbehaarde Apen: #178 de geschiedenis van Oekraïne en Rusland is als een gedwongen huwelijk
    Ukraine and Russia have been intertwined throughout their history. What do you need to know about that to understand the conflict? Russia experts Hubert Smeets and Bart Funnekotter dive into the sometimes-tragic history of Ukraine.
    (source NRC)

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