“Socialist Environmentalism” YouTube footage of the summer school keynote at Russia’s newest environmental humanities center

Per invitation by the University of Tyumen (Russia) I have given a public online talk “Socialist Environmentalism in Cold War Hungary”, at 16:10-17:20 (GMT +3) on 30 July 2020 via Zoom.

The talk was featured as one of the three talks provided for participants of the  «Transcending Nature: the Anthropocene and environmental history of Northern Eurasia»: summer school at the University of Tyumen, Tyumen (Russia), 27 July – 2 August 2020.

The summer school was organized by Russia’s newest environmental humanities hub – Center ′′Human, Nature, Technologies′′ of Tyumen State University – led by Andrei Vinogradov.

The talk now may be accessed via the YouTube link below:


Research Project YouTube channel up to 5,000 views since January 2020

Since January 2020 I began to post videos on my research project “Pour me a Cold One: Cold War History of Beverage Containers” with the Kone Foundation   and personal interests on YouTube.

I saw this morning in the Studio app that my tube  channel produced 5,000 views since January 2020, which gives a sense of satisfaction and feeling useful via talking about history.

Learning by making, my first camera was a 20 euro Russian Digma that I replaced and now and I got a decent Canon cam and a couple of sticks and stands for better shots. Making videos is lot of fun and hope to get better in it.
A researcher needs to get out of the comfort zone such as not talking to colleagues and students but to a blinking red light and a camera lense.

Check out my footage on Soviet sodas, archives, and buildings I like and subscribe when you wish!




Baikal: The Soviet answer to Pepsi Cola

In 1972 Pepsi Cola production began in the USSR in Moscow, Leningrad, Novorossiysk, Kiev, Tashkent and Tallinn. Sealed containers with beverage concentrate came to the USSR. A little time passed, and Pepsi became a very popular, and scarce. In order to supply the public and show the superioritiy of communism the USSR developed a “retaliatory strike”. Soviets started making their own drink, not superior to Pepsi in taste,and more healthy for the consumer’s health. Soon, the new product was officially registered as Soviet receipe and brand and put on sale. The new drink was called Baikal. It included, water, citric acid, carbon dioxide sugar, various natural essential oils and extracts of medicinal herbs. #boldmakers Koneen Säätiö – Kone Foundation

Socialist Environmentalism

I was invited to give a ZOOM talk at the «Transcending Nature: the Anthropocene and environmental history of Northern Eurasia»: summer school at the University of Tyumen, Tyumen (Russia), 27 July – 2 August 2020. Here is the short teaser of my lecture. https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=_CSX7aS2BH0

Essence of history research is disappearing

I am drinking Russian tea from Kuban (Krasnodar). It is a unique tea, since tea plantation is only recently renewed in the Russian Federation. I drink this tea to understand Russia better. Cultural immersion is one of the methods I use to understand cultures when I research. This may sound strange in a world when historical science is forced to comply with requirements of impact factor and citations maths. However, cultural immersion and immersion with the landscape were in the heart of the Annales school, an eminent French scholarly movement that gave birth to my beloved discipline of practice: environmental history. I hope not to give up ideals of Bloch, Braudel, Duby, le Goff, Ladurie.