The Grand Alliance that Defeated Fascism: History and Lessons
The Grand Alliance That Defeated Fascism: History And Lessons -A conference at York University, Toronto, April 18
The year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the world’s victory over fascism. In 1945, after a long struggle, the Allied powers (the Soviet Union, the United States, Britain, China, Canada and others) defeated Nazi Germany, Japan and the other Axis states which had unleashed the Second World War. Determined to eliminate the deadly threat fascism posed to humanity, the members of this Grand Alliance set aside their ideological differences, fought their way to victory and laid the foundations of a new international order. Today, when the world is living through a new period of heightened international tensions pitting the West against Russia and China, it is important and timely to review the historical experience of the Grand Alliance as an outstanding example of meaningful international cooperation based on common interests in the face of threats and challenges facing humanity.
It is for this purpose that a one-day conference will be held at York University in Toronto on April 18 sponsored by York Centre for Asian Research and Canadian Association of World War II Veterans from the Former Soviet Union.
10 a.m. – Opening remarks
Prof. Sergei Plekhanov, Department of Politics, York University
10:15 a.m. – Telling the Real from the Fake: The Origins of World War Two
Prof. Michael Jabara Carley, History Department, Universite de Montreal.
11:15 a.m. – The Soviet Union’s Role in the Allied Victory
Prof. Paul Robinson, Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa.
12:15 p.m. – The Grand Alliance, 1941-45: Strategy and Diplomacy
Prof. Vladimir Pechatnov, Department of European and American History and Politics, MGIMO University, Moscow, Russia
1:15 to 2:45 p.m. – Lunch break
2:45 p.m. – The War in the Pacific
Prof. Sergei Plekhanov, Department of Politics, York University.
3:45 p.m. – Canada and its assistance to the Soviet Union in World War Two
Halyna Mokrushyna, independent scholar.
4:45 p.m. – Closing remarks
Prof. Piotr Dutkiewicz, Department of Political Science, Carleton University.
The conference is open to the public.