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Published: Sep 11, 2015 5:17:37 PM

Trust and Distrust in the Eastern Bloc and the Soviet Union, 1956-1991

This international and interdisciplinary conference will apply the concept of trust and distrust to the history of the Soviet Union and the Eastern bloc, which, it is generally agreed, were a markedly low-trust societies. We treat trust and distrust as hugely influential factors in explaining how dictatorships operate and how closed societies work. Our starting point is that post-war socialist societies in Europe had their own “habitus of trust” and developed their own “culture of trust” which affected their stability, success and failure.

Contact: a.tikhomirov@ucl.ac.uk

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