Event Type

AHA Online, History Behind the Headlines, Webinar/Virtual Event

AHA Topics

Graduate Education, K–12 Education, Teaching & Learning, Undergraduate Education

Event Description

“Russia and Ukraine: History Behind the Headlines,” brought together three leading scholars to place current events in historical context. With each historian approaching the current conflict from a different perspective, attendees learned about the deeply intertwined histories of Russia and Ukraine, as well as the Cold War and post-Cold War disputes that have led to the Russian invasion. This session demonstrated not only the value, but indeed the necessity of thinking historically if we are to understand the worlds around us. This session might be particularly useful for teachers and their students at college and high school levels.

Read about the event in Perspectives on History.


  • Moderator: David Engerman, Leitner International Interdisciplinary Professor, Department of History and Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale Univ.
  • Serhii Plokhii, Mykhailo S. Hrushevs’kyi Professor of Ukrainian History and director, Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard Univ.)
  • Sergey Radchenko, Wilson E. Schmidt Distinguished Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
  • Marci Shore, associate professor of history, Yale Univ.