Olga Baranova

Olga BaranovaOlga Baranova

  • B.A., Belarus State Pedagogical University
  • M.A., Central European University
  • Ph.D., History, European University Institute
Biographical Information

Olga Baranova earned her Ph.D. in History from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy (2008), M.A. from the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary (2003), M.A. and B.A. with distinction from the Belarusian State Pedagogical University in Minsk, Belarus (2001, 2000). She holds diploma in international law from the International Management Institute in Minsk, Belarus. She has been a recipient of a scholarship from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (for study and research in Italy) and has received several grants and fellowships from George Soros Foundation, Open Society Institute (OSI) in New York and German Historical Institute in Moscow.

Dr. Baranova is a historian of Contemporary Europe. Her primary area of research is in the history of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Her Ph.D thesis focused on various forms of interaction between the indigenous population of Belarus and the German occupation authorities during WWII. Olga Baranova's articles have appeared in the European Review of History and Aleksanteri Series.

Current Research Interests

Dr. Baranova is currently working on a study of the Cold War and the Transatlantic Relations - cooperation and conflict between the Unite States, the Soviet Union and Europe since 1945. One of the main areas of her research interest is European history and politics since the end of WWII till the present time.


Publications in English:

  • Baranova, Olga. Nationalism, Anti-Bolshevism or the Will to Survive. Forms of Belarusian Interaction with the German Occupation Authorities, 1941 - 1944. Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrucken, March 2010 - Book.
  • Baranova, Olga. L'occupazione Nazista della Bielorussia: Collaborazionismo e Resistenza nella Storiografia. // "Memoria e Ricerca" Fascicolo 33, January - April 2010, pp. 153-179.
  • Baranova, Olga. Was Belarus a Partisan Republic? The abbreviated version of paper published on-line by British Commission for Military History Newsletter Editor: http://www.bcmh.org.uk/archive/conferences/WebSmallWars.pdf, pp. 5-13
  • Baranova, Olga. Collaboration by the Soviet Citizens with the Nazi Occupation Authorities during the Great Patriotic War: How the Issue was Represented and Treated in Soviet, Western and Post-Soviet Russian and Belarusian Historiography in «Re-Calling the Past - (Re)constructing the Past. Collective and Individual Memory of World War II in Russia and Germany». Aleksanteri Series 2/2008, Gummerus Printing, Jyväskylä, Finland, 2008. pp. 267 - 277.
  • Baranova, Olga. Nationalism, Anti-Bolshevism or the Will to Survive? Collaboration in Belarus under the Nazi Occupation of 1941-1944 // «European Review of History / Revue Europeenne d'Histoire», Volume 15 Issue 2 "Collaboration: A Comparative Perspective", April 2008, pp. 113-128.
Publications in Russian
  • Baranova, Olga. Деятельность Беларуских молодежных анти-Совецких организаций 1940 - 1947. Союз Беларуских Патриотов (Activities of Belarusian Youth Anti-Soviet Organizations 1940 - 1947. Union of Belarusian Patriots) // «Вестник БДПУ», November 2002.
  • Baranova, Olga. ГерманскийНацизм. Беларуский коллаборационизм: политические, социально- экономические и военные предпосылки (German Nazism. Belarusian Collaboration: Political, Social-Economic and War Origins) // Materials of international conference «Трагичное лето 1941: Напоминание Истории» (Tragic Summer of 1941: Recollection of History), MGLU, June 2001.
  • Course Descriptions

    Europe - U.S. Relations after WWII (HIST 327)
    This course provides a detailed description and analysis of the most important events and processes, which have shaped the Transatlantic relations since the end of WWII. It studies the role of the United States in the economic, political and social developments in Western Europe. It analyses such issues as the American post-war economic aid and the success of the Marshall Plan, the American involvement in European integration, the creation of a stable Atlantic structure, and the US security guarantees to Western Europe. The course offers the analyses of the Cold War period from 1945 to 1991 and examines the place of America in Europe during and after that age. In addition, the course covers political and social changes, economic forces, and cultural shifts in Western Europe that had impact on the Transatlantic relations. It discusses Europe's attitude towards American policies in out-of-area zones. One of the objectives of the course is to examine the shifting balance between cooperation and conflict in US-European relations since 1945. Moreover, the course provides some brief analyses of the most important events in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union - the traditional rival of the US and Western Europe. It describes how Eastern European nations and some republics of the former Soviet Union, with the assistance from the United States, managed to shed Communism and traced the rise of the European Union. The course pays particular attention on the biographies of the most relevant political figures, and examines the creation and activities of the most important international organizations in the Transatlantic relationship (NATO, UN, Council of Europe, CSCE, WEU, EU).

    The Holocaust (HIST 330)
    This course introduces students to the historical problems associated with the Holocaust - Nazi systematic mass murder of European and Soviet Jews between 1933 and 1945. The main issues discussed in the course include the historical origins of anti-Semitism in Europe from the ancient times to WWI; the development of National Socialist ideology in Germany; the Nazi racial policies in the 1930s; creation of ghettos and concentration camps on the occupied territories, the "Final Solution" - the mass extermination of Jews during WWII; Jewish resistance to the Holocaust; the position of the U.S. and the church during the Holocaust, rescue and assistance provided by gentiles, participation of local non-Jews in the Nazi occupied countries in the campaign for the annihilation of their Jewish "neighbors".

    Special attention in the course is dedicated to the Nazi treatment of other groups: Roma, and so called "asocials", Slavs, black, people deemed handicapped, and homosexuals. Furthermore, the course discusses the legacy of the Holocaust, its long cultural shadow, and its place in historical and popular writings, and examines ongoing debates and controversies in the study of this tragic event.

    Method and objectives
    The courses adopt interdisciplinary approach and provide interweaving of the concepts and notions not only from historical position but using methods and theories of political sciences, international relations, sociology and cultural studies. The courses are not a narrative of events and facts but rather their academic evaluation and interpretation. They follow a chronological - problematic approach. A wide use of audio-visual sources will be made by instructor to illustrate various issues discussed during these courses.

    The main objective of the courses is to provide students with the necessary basic stable knowledge about the most important events and processes and to stimulate a better understanding of key issues and main developments in European and Transatlantic history after WWII. The courses aim to encourage the interest of the students in European and Transatlantic history. Moreover, one of the courses objectives is to develop students' critical thinking, analytical and research skills (through readings, internet and periodicals), presentation and writing skills (through written paper and exams and oral presentations).