International Conference "The Economic Iron Curtain. Part 1: Land Reforms and Agrarian Policies" - Warsaw, 25-26 November 2014

Data publikacji: 2014-11-04 11:14:45 Data rozpoczęcia: 2014-11-25 10:00:00 Data zakończenia: 2014-11-26 04:00:00


International Conference
 The Economic Iron Curtain. Part 1: Land Reforms and Agrarian Policies
Warsaw, Educational Center IPN "Przystanek Historia", Marszałkowska 21/25
25–26 November 2014

Institute of National Remembrance – Public Education Office and Warsaw School of Economies – Department of Economic and Social History would like to invite you to participate in the international conference "The Economic Iron Curtain", part 1: "Land Reforms and Agrarian Policies", which will be held in Warsaw on 25–26 November 2014.

2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the communist agrarian reform in Poland, which was part of a broader set of communist-imposed  agrarian policies in the then forming Soviet bloc. These policies played an important role in the process of translating Soviet political influence into economic and social transformation of Central and Eastern European states. In economic terms, it was the first step towards the creation of the economic Iron Curtain. The process followed Stalin's famous words: "Whoever occupies a territory also imposes his own social system".

The conference aims to bring together researchers from various fields of historical and social studies to take a new look at these communist policies and reforms. The aim is to present their political, economic and social consequences, as well as their context, both historical and contemporary. The comparative and interdisciplinary papers, as well as comparisons with non-European experiences, and explanations of theoretical and ideological underpinnings of specific policies will be presented during the conference.

The 2014 conference opens  a series of four annual meetings on the profound impact of the systemic change in Eastern Bloc economies. The following three conferences will focus on banking and finance, industry, and trade and services. We envisage the entire project to provide a new context for the functioning of centrally planned economies.

The conference will be held in Polish and English (with simultaneous interpretation).

Additional information: Łukasz Dwilewicz


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