Dr Tobias Rupprecht

Research interests

My research addresses the global history of the late 20th century. I am especially interested in the political, cultural and economic history of modern Latin America and Eastern Europe, and the links between the two world regions. I have recently published a book with Cambridge University Press, which explores Latin American encounters with the Soviet Union and the ways in which arts and culture shaped the way people on both sides made sense of the Global Cold War. In other projects, I have re-examined Brazil’s role in the Cold War under populist and military rule, and I have written a number of other articles - published mostly in such exotic languages as German, Russian, Spanish and Italian - on Soviet foreign policy in the Third World, socialist internationalism, Latin American revolutionary folklore, the West European New Left, and Soviet avantgard art and architecture.

I have lately developed an interest in the transition from dictatorship to democracy in the 1980s and 1990s, in the mutual perception and inspiration of actors in Eastern Europe and Latin America, and in the role of ("neo-") liberal economists in this process. This project will address how so-called ‘semi-peripheries’ of the Cold War influenced each other in ways that historicise the contemporary rise of the so-called ‘authoritarian capitalist’ model. I have published research on how the Chilean neo-liberal model, and an ideialised image of General Pinochet, have provided a model for transition and political organisation in the Soviet Union/Russia. I am involved in a British-French project that examines how Eastern European and Latin American post-dictatorial societies tried to come to terms with their authoritarian past in the 1990s. And I will expand my research on the role of transnationally connected economists in the socialist world and during its disintegration.