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From Crises and Collapse to Reconstitution: Muscovy’s Time of Troubles

An online lecture by Dr. Scott W. Palmer 

Among the most turbulent periods in Russia’s tumultuous past, the years coinciding with the regency, reign and death of Boris Godunov (r. 1589–1605) marked a major turning point for the Muscovite state and its subjects. Preceded by famine, plague, and growing social unrest, the passing of Tsar Boris in 1605 touched off a succession crisis that led to domestic chaos and civil war followed by foreign occupation and, in time, the founding of a new dynasty under the House of Romanov.

In this lecture, Dr. Scott W. Palmer will discuss the wide-ranging events that took place during Russia’s Time of Troubles and the period’s subsequent impact in shaping Russian culture.

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About the Speaker

Scott W. Palmer is Professor of History at the University of Texas, Arlington. A specialist in the interdisciplinary history of Russian technology, science, culture, and the arts, he earned his B.A. in History and Slavic Languages & Literatures from the University of Kansas and his Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is author of Dictatorship of the Air: Aviation Culture and the Fate of Modern Russia (Cambridge University Press, 2006), co-editor of Science, Technology, Environment, and Medicine in Russia’s Great War and Revolution (Slavica Publishers, 2022) and How History is Made: A Student’s Guide to the Reading, Writing, and Thinking in the Discipline (Mavs Open Press, 2022), and editor of the forthcoming collection Flight Culture and the Human Experience (Texas A&M University Press, 2025).

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This program will be recorded and posted to the museum’s YouTube channel.


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