West to Speak on Topic of Her New Book

Sally West, associate professor of history, will speak at the Truman Faculty Forum at 7 p.m. March 21 in Magruder Hall 2001.

The topic of her presentation is “Cigarettes and Cognac: Consumer Culture Under the Russian Tsars.”

The discussion will be based upon West’s upcoming book, “Advertising in Tsarist Russia: Creating Modern Consumer Culture Under the Old Regime.” Her research offers alternative perspectives on both the western emphasis of consumer culture studies and on Russian historians’ usual focus on revolutionary politics.

Her research demonstrates the flexibility of Russian culture, as it adapted to the modern influences of consumerism within the limits of the Tsarist society.
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