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Russia in Global Energy History: A Historical Perspective

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  • Fri 27 Sep 2019 15.00 - 17.00
  Add to Calendar 2019-09-27 15:00 2019-09-27 17:00 Europe/Paris Russia in Global Energy History: A Historical Perspective

Energy is about flows. The availability of ever larger quantities of energy has empowered civilizational progress, enabling the transformation of rural to industrial and urban societies. If rural societies were largely self-sufficient, relying on local energy sources, modern societies were dependent on increasingly complex production, transportation and distribution networks, transcending local and national boundaries. This presentation is concerned with Russia’s place and role in the global history of energy flows. The transformation of Russia into one of the globe’s leading industrial powers was connected to its ability to make use of its vast natural resources, and produce energy in increasing quantities. While the development of Russia’s energy industry over the past one hundred years went hand in hand with a profound socio-political and economic transformation, it also tells the story of international cooperation and competition, transnational exchanges and trans-border relations. Through oil and later gas exports, Russia shaped global energy flows and connections; at the same time, transnational exchanges and the build-up of trade relations impacted on the views and decisions of Russian leaders, ultimately shaping the specific trajectory of Russian history and the fabric of the country’s foreign relations.

Sala dei Levrieri - Villa Salviati- Castle DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala dei Levrieri - Villa Salviati- Castle

Energy is about flows. The availability of ever larger quantities of energy has empowered civilizational progress, enabling the transformation of rural to industrial and urban societies. If rural societies were largely self-sufficient, relying on local energy sources, modern societies were dependent on increasingly complex production, transportation and distribution networks, transcending local and national boundaries. This presentation is concerned with Russia’s place and role in the global history of energy flows. The transformation of Russia into one of the globe’s leading industrial powers was connected to its ability to make use of its vast natural resources, and produce energy in increasing quantities. While the development of Russia’s energy industry over the past one hundred years went hand in hand with a profound socio-political and economic transformation, it also tells the story of international cooperation and competition, transnational exchanges and trans-border relations. Through oil and later gas exports, Russia shaped global energy flows and connections; at the same time, transnational exchanges and the build-up of trade relations impacted on the views and decisions of Russian leaders, ultimately shaping the specific trajectory of Russian history and the fabric of the country’s foreign relations.


Location:
Sala dei Levrieri - Villa Salviati- Castle

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Lecture

Organiser:
Alexander Etkind (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)

Contact:
Fabrizio Borchi (EUI - Department of History and Civilization) - Send a mail

Speaker:
Jeronim Perovic (University of Zurich)

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