Empires disappear, but the memories live on. The Soviet Union ceased to exist in 1991, but Putin's Russia still boasts of the Soviet victory in World War II and hopes for the return of the Ukraine. In present day Russian life and culture, Soviet ‘old’ and Western capitalist ‘new’ are inextricably mixed. Historian Sheila Fitzpatrick, author of a recent memoir of 1960s Moscow, A Spy in the Archives, explores the contradictions.
Elizabeth Johnstone (Australian)
Elizabeth Johnstone serves on the board of Sydney Writers' Festival and is director of a number of other companies. She is a senior consultant to global legal firm DLA Piper. Before that she spent more than 20 years in legal practice specialising in company law and governance, and had an earlier executive business career managing organisational change,strategic planning and marketing functions. In a prior life she taught tertiary level literature. Elizabeth is passionate about books, sharing ideas and contributing to a great community festival.
Sheila Fitzpatrick is an Honorary Professor in the Department of History at The University of Sydney, and the Bernadotte E. Schmitt Distinguished Service Professor in Modern Russian History at the University of Chicago. In the early 1970s, Sheila moved from Britain to the United States where she made her career as a Soviet historian. By the 1990s she was considered a founder of the field of Soviet history. Her second book of memoirs. My Father's Daughter, published in 2010, won the Australian Historical Association's Magarey Medal for Biography. The Spy in the Archives is her most recent book.