Using Primary Sources to Understand Today’s Events: The Lasting Impact of the War in Ukraine

Sponsored by ProQuest, Part of Clarivate
Recorded on 11/10/2022

Posted in Primary Sources and Special Collections

How can librarians and faculty point students to primary sources that provide a better understanding of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine?


As a celebration of The Annual Register and the Edmund Burke lecture from ProQuest, hear Professor Michael Clarke talk about how the world order has changed since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. As a political strategist and frequent lecturer, writer, and commentator on contemporary defense and military affairs, Professor Clarke will examine the ways in which the wider world is likely to be affected by the Ukraine War, and—after the ‘holiday from history’ of the last thirty years—how the ‘real’ twenty-first century is now upon us. 

Mr. Clarke’s viewpoint: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is not merely the most destructive war in Europe since 1945, it is also a game-changer. It fundamentally changes Russia’s relationship with the rest of Europe and the western world deep into the rest of the twenty-first century. That change is irreversible for a generation or more. Yet the crisis of the Ukraine War has also revitalized the politics of Europe in positive ways and given the western democracies a moral shot in the arm.

This session will ask: How can librarians and faculty help frame these topics for students and researchers and point them to resources—including primary sources—that will provide a better understanding of the wide-ranging implications of this conflict across disciplines? What role can academia play in fostering positive future outcomes and in growing new leaders?


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    Michael Clarke

    Visiting Professor, War StudiesKing’s College London

    Professor Michael Clarke is the former Director General of the Royal United Services Institute, where he remains a Distinguished Fellow. He is Visiting Professor in War Studies at King’s College London and Associate Director of the Strategy and Security Institute at the University of Exeter. He is a frequent writer and commentator on contemporary defense and military affairs.

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