Traumatic Border Crossings: the Blagoveshchensk Massacre in History and Memory

In the summer of 1900, at the height of the “carving out of China” by Western imperialism and the anti-foreign Boxer Uprising, Russian officers along the Sino-Russian border rounded up several thousand Chinese residents and drowned them in the Amur River. This talk traces the evolution of this event in Chinese, Japanese, and Russian memories from 1900 to the 1980s. How have the meanings associated with this massacre changed over time, and what does this reveal about the emergence of new forms of ethnic, colonial, and nationalist identities in the twentieth century?

Martin Fromm, Mellon Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in History presents a faculty lunch talk on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. in President’s Dining Room.