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David Foglesong: Rutgers Institute for High School Teachers

Friday, December 06, 2019, 09:00am - 02:30pm

American Russophopbia: From Nicholas II to Vladimir Putin

December 6, 2019, 9am-2:30pm

David S. Foglesong, Professor of History, Rutgers University

The extreme fears in recent years that Russia has determined an American election outcome, made the U.S. president a puppet, and pursued a global design for aggressive expansion are part of a long history of Russophobia in the United States. Since the late nineteenth century there have been five major surges of American fear and loathing of Russia: (1) during the reign of the last tsar, Nicholas II; (2) in the Red Scare of 1919-1920; (3) during the early Cold War and McCarthyism; (4) in the new bout of the Cold War in the late 1970s and early 1980s; and (5) in the last decade, when Vladimir Putin has been relentlessly vilified as America’s enemy number one.

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