9mar5:00 pm- 6:00 pmSlouching towards Moscow: Family Values and the Romance of Russia (Bethany Moreton)
Date: Thursday, March 9th, 2023 Location: 411 Fayerweather Hall, 1180 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027
Date: Thursday, March 9th, 2023
Location: 411 Fayerweather Hall, 1180 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
As part of the current upsurge of authoritarian politics and blood-and-soil ethnonationalism, U.S. Christians have rediscovered in Holy Russia an unlikely polestar. But this surge in the international “family values” movement is only the most recent iteration of a century-long relationship. From the Bolshevik Revolution through the present bromance with Putin, U.S. theocrats have used Russia as a resource for promoting sexual conformity, racial purity, and gender rigidity. Far from serving as mere “culture wars” distractions from law and economics, these theocratic ambitions are meant to secure a free market under God. This history suggests that when Christian nationalists tell us what they want, we should take them at their word.
Bethany Moreton is Professor of History at Dartmouth College and a series editor for Columbia University Press’s Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism. Her first book, To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise (Harvard University Press, 2009), won the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize for best first book in U.S. history and the John Hope Franklin Award for the best book in American Studies. Her most recent book is Entre Dios y el capital (Txalaparta, 2022).