Recommended Readings

Historia Vivens' Recommended Books List

“The best moments in reading are when you come across something
a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you.
Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.”
Alan Bennett, English author and award-winning playwright. 

Welcome to the Recommended Readings List section on Historia Vivens website. Here you will find a selection of recommended books, articles and other publishings about History, Living History, Heritage and Folklore and many other subjects. Please note the entries are listed (from the newest to the oldest) by authors' name, but not in alphabetical order. 

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Hargus Montgomery (the United States of America)

Roeland Paardekooper (the Netherlands)

about the Author

Robert van Voren is a Sovietologist by education, a Honorary Fellow of the British Royal College of Psychiatrists and Honorary Member of the Ukrainian Psychiatric Association. He was also Permanent Representative of Ukraine in the Benelux for Humanitarian Affairs in 1994-1997, and in 2005 he was knighted by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands for his work as a human rights activist. He is currently Professor of Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas (Lithuania) and Ilia State University in Tbilisi (Georgia).

 

Starting in 1977 he became active in the Soviet human rights movement. For many years he traveled to the USSR as a courier, delivering humanitarian aid and smuggling out information on the situation in camps, prisons and psychiatric hospitals. The information was used in Western campaigns for the release of Soviet dissidents. In 1980 Robert van Voren co-founded the International Association on Political Use of Psychiatry (the predecessor of GIP) and became its General Secretary in 1986. He was Director of the Bukovsky Foundation/Second World Center in Amsterdam and board member of many organizations in the field of human rights and mental health.

 

Van Voren has written extensively on Soviet issues and, in particular, issues related to mental health and human rights, and published a dozen books. His most recent ones are On Dissidents and Madness (2009), Cold War in Psychiatry (2010) and Undigested Past – the Holocaust in Lithuania (2011).

 

Robert van Voren is also Chief Executive of of the Federation Global Initiative on Psychiatry (GIP), an international foundation for mental health reform which took part in the campaign against the political abuse of psychiatry in the USSR. The GIP is a main contributor to improving psychiatric care in countries of the former Soviet Union as well as Central and Eastern Europe, and also focuses on the political abuse of psychiatry throughout the world and human rights monitoring, is headquartered at Hilvershum (the Netherlands), and as regional centers in Tbilisi (Georgia), Sofia (Bulgaria), and Vilnius (Lithuania), and a country office in Dushanbe (Tajikistan).

 

The Global Initiative on Psychiatry uses a local approach to helping the mentally ill in underprivileged countries around the world. In Robert van Voren’s words, their idea is that “mental health services should be locally empowered, locally adapted, community based, user oriented, and focused on keeping people with mental illness in society, instead of taking them out.

Stacy Flora Roth (the United States of America)

Shannon Selin (Canada)

 

Jay Anderson (the United States of America)

Robert van Voren (the Netherlands)

 

Danila Comastri Montanari (Italy)

 

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