Centre for Languages and Literature

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Person

I am a historian and Senior Lecturer in European Studies. My research focuses on memory of traumatic events of the 20th Century in Central and East European historical cultures and on development of Communism in Europe during the Cold War. I work on a project with the title “Making Sense of the ”Good” Soviet Communist Dictatorship Through Stalin´s Terror, Khrushchev´s Reforms and Brezhnev´s Period of Stagnation. A historical narrative by the former KGB chairman Vladimir Semichastny.” It has been supported by The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences. I am also grateful to the Hoover Institution Archives at Stanford University for their support.The project is based on my interviews with Vladimir Semichastny (1924-2001), whom I met in Moscow on numerous occasions between the years 1993 and 1999. The book is under contract with Yale University Press and will appear in the Yale-Hoover series on Authoritarian Regimes.

Research

About the research

The title of my main current project is “Making Sense of the ”Good” Soviet Communist Dictatorship Through Stalin´s Terror, Khrushchev´s Reforms and Brezhnev´s Period of Stagnation. A historical narrative by the former KGB chairman Vladimir Semichastny.” It is based on my interviews with Vladimir Semichastny (1924-2001), the chairman of the KGB 1961-1967 whom I met in Moscow between the years 1993 and 1999.
The aim is to analyze Semichastny´s attempt to make sense of his own political career that started at the Komsomol, continued in the Soviet Communist party structures in Moscow and in Central Asia and culminated in the KGB headquarter Lubyanka. Semichastny created a historical narrative about his political life within the Soviet Communism through Stalin´s terror, Khrushchev´s de-Stalinisation and reforms and Brezhnev´s period of stagnation. Thus, the project also deals with questions concerning the individual and social memory of the Soviet terror, with the problem of how strategies that legitimized the Soviet communist dictatorship coexisted with critical stances within the system itself and with the question of how it is possible to give a positive meaning to the Soviet communist dictatorship and at the same time not deny the worst crimes of Stalinism.

Publications

Books (3)
Articles (2)
Book chapters (8)

Research portal (Lund University)

Administrative

Tasks

  • Member, Board of Section 5, Centre for Languages and Literature

Teaching

Other tasks and qualifications

Tomas Sniegon

Senior Lecturer
European Studies
Central and Eastern European Studies
Centre for Languages and Literature

Contact information

E-mail tomas.sniegoneu.luse

Phone +46 46 222 33 93

Room SOL:A326

Visiting address Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address Box 201, 221 00 Lund

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