Session 6: Sunday, June 3rd: 12:00 - 1:50pm
Jeremy Kuzmarov, The Russians are Coming, Again: The First Cold War as Tragedy, the Second as Farce, with John Marciano (Monthly REview Press, 2018); Peter Kuznick, An UNtold History of the United States (2012)
This panel will analyze the reinvigoration of Russophobia in American media and political culture over the last five years and its ramifications in shaping public attitudes in support of a dangerous new Cold War. We will in turn provide some historical context by discussing how alarmism about Russia is nothing new but dates back to the first Cold War lasting from 1917-1991 when the Russian threat was constantly elevated and popular culture stereotyped Russia as a dangerous and backward nation bent on subverting American national security from within. Few Americans remember that it was the United States that actually invaded Russia in 1917 following the great October Bolshevik revolution in support of white counter-revolutionary forces. Today, the United States remains more of a threat to Russia than vice versa, with American military spending topping that of Russia by at least ten times.