Public Library hosts open lecture on Russia-Ukraine history
Local historian hopes lecture will help residents better understand current crisis
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — For 45 years, Linda Moss Mines hasn’t just taught history. She’s stressed the importance behind it.
After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, many were left simply wondering — why?
Mines, the official historian for Chattanooga and Hamilton County, dove into Russia’s and Ukraine’s pasts in a public lecture and connected them to the present.
“It really takes some education to understand what motivates Russian leaders through history and what means they’re willing to go to to be able to accomplish their goals,” Mines said. “They’re much more willing to use methods that probably our society would not deem to be appropriate.”
Those in attendance were taught everything from 15th-century Mongol invasions to the Russian-Turkish war to Stalin and Putin.
Christina Sacco, the Public Library’s public relations coordinator, said that while there was much to take in from the lecture, the importance behind it never waned.
“It was a pretty fast dash through quite a long period of history to get to where we are now in Ukraine,” Sacco said. “But, that being said, it’s really important. There [are] so many things that happened a few hundred years ago that influenced decisions being made today.”
For those with questions surrounding the crisis overseas, Mines encourages all to catch up on their world history.
Since the invasion began, she has been uplifted by the number of folks who are willing to do so.
“One of the things that I have found really reassuring this week is the number of people who have reached out and who’ve said, ‘I see what’s going on. I don’t really understand the background or the ramifications. I need to know more,'” Mines said. “I love that people are constantly wanting to learn.”