DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY
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Welcome to my Home Page. I teach courses on Modern Europe and Russia, and you can find a list of these courses in the following section. Just click on course titles for syllabi. My research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russia, with a special emphasis on the history and experiences of Jews in Russia and the Soviet Union.
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of Death: Russia under Lenin and Stalin(First-Year Seminar)--History 1Q Modern
Europe, 1789-1919: The Age of Revolution and Counterrevolution Modern
Europe, 1890 to the Present: The Age of Democracy and Dictatorship--History 3B Living with Total War, Europe 1914-1921--History 27 Revolutionary
Iconoclasm: Tearing Down the Old, Building the New--History 31 Jewish Nationalisms and Identities--History 32
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COURSES AND SYLLABI
Angels of Death: Russia under Lenin and Stalin(First-Year Seminar)--History 1Q
Modern Europe, 1789-1919: The Age of Revolution and Counterrevolution
Modern Europe, 1890 to the Present: The Age of Democracy and Dictatorship--History 3B
Living with Total War, Europe 1914-1921--History 27
Revolutionary Iconoclasm: Tearing Down the Old, Building the New--History 31
Jewish Nationalisms and Identities--History 32Environmental History of Russia in the Twentieth Century--History 33
Antisemitism Through the Ages--History 34
From Emancipation to Extermination: European Jewry's Encounter with Modernity--History 35
History and Memory: Perspectives on the Holocaust--History 37
Russia in the Twentieth Century--History 38
Picking Up the Pieces: Russia under Yeltsin and Putin --History 39
Russia in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Honors Seminar)--History 128
Ritual Murder in Late Imperial Russia: The Trial of Mendel Beilis. Indiana University Press, 2013.
The Russian Revolution: A History in Documents. Oxford University Press, 2010. Joint authorship with Laurie Bernstein.
Stalin's Forgotten Zion: Birobidzhan and the Making of a Soviet Jewish Homeland. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998. Published in conjunction with a traveling exhibition on the history of Birobidzhan organized by the Judah Magnes Museum of Berkeley, California. You can also read the book in French (Birobidjan, 1928-1996, Paris: Editions Autrement, 2000) or German (Birobidshan: Stalin's vergessenes Zion, Frankfurt: Verlag Neue Kritik, 2003).
The Revolution of 1905 in Odessa: Blood on the Steps. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1993.
"Red and White: Conversations wtih Moritz Mebel." The Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies (2007).
Special Issue of Russian Studies in History, vol. 43, nos. 1 and 2, 2004. Selected recent articles by Russian historians on Russian-Jewish history. Also wrote introduction.
Labor, Thought and Society in Russia and the Soviet Union: Essays Presented to Professor Reginald E. Zelnik by his Students and Colleagues. Edited with Gerald Surh. Special Issue of Russian History/Histoire Russe, Vol. 23, Pts. 1-4 (1996).
"Connecting the Dots: Jewish Mysticism, Ritual Murder, and the Trial of Mendel Beilis." Daniel Kaiser, Valerie Kivelson, and Maria di Salvo, eds., Word and Image in Russian History. Essays in Honor of Gary Marker. Academic Studies Press, 2015, 238-252.
"Popular Antisemitism and the Occult in Late Imperial Russia: Ritual Murder and the Trial of Mendel Beilis."
"Look! Up There in the Sky: It's a Vulture, It's a Bat, It's a Jew: Reflections on Antisemitism in Late Imperial Russia, 1906-1914." Eugene Avrutin and Harriet Murav, eds., Jews in the East European Borderlands: Daily Life, Violence, and Memory. Academic Studies Press, 2012, 167-186.
"Antisemitism and Anti-Jewish Violence in Late Imperial Russia." Andrew Murphy, ed., A Companion to Religion to Violence. Blackwell Publishing, 2011.
"Demonizing Judaism in the Soviet Union during the 1920s." Slavic Review, vol. 77, no. 1 (Spring 2008).
"The Russian Right Responds to Revolution: Visual Depictions of Jews in the Black Hundred Press in Post-1905 Russia." Ezra Mendelsohn, et al, Jews and the Russian Revolution of 1905: Essays in Honor of Jonathan Frankel (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008).
"Soviet Images of Jehovah in the 1920s." In Joan Neuberger and Valerie Kivelson, eds., The RussianVisual Documents Reader (Yale University Press, 2008).
"Biology and the Jewish Question After the Revolution: One Soviet Approach to the Productivization of Jewish Labor." Jewish History21:4 (2007), 413-428.
"The Politics of Remembering: The Treatment of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union." In Dagmar Herzog, ed., The Holocaust in International Perspective (Northwestern University Press, 2006).
"Beyond the Pale: Reflections on Research in Birobidzhan and Odessa." In Samuel Baron and Cathy Frierson, eds., Adventures in Russian Historical Research (M. E. Sharpe, 2003), pp. 191-203.
"Birobidzhan after the Second World War." Jews in Eastern Europe, No. 3 (49) (Winter 2002), pp. 31-46.
"Visualizing Pogroms in Russian History." Jewish History, Vol. 12, No. 2 (Fall 1998), pp. 71-92.
"Jewish Revival in Birobidzhan in the Mirror of Birobidzhanskaia zvezda." East European Jewish Affairs. Vol. 26, No. 1 (1996), pp. 35-53.
"Birobidzhan and Solving the `Jewish Question': The Making of a Jewish Peasantry." In Yaacov Ro'i, ed., Jews and Jewish Life in Russia and the Soviet Union. Newbury Park, England: Frank Cass and Co., 1995.
"Purge and Politics in the Periphery: Birobidzhan in 1937." Slavic Review. Vol. 52, No. 1 (Spring 1993), pp. 13-27.
"The 1905 Pogrom in Odessa: A Case Study." In John Klier and Shlomo Lambroza, eds., Pogroms: Anti-Jewish Violence in Modern Russian History. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992, pp. 248-289.
A list of links to web sites that focus on Russian and Soviet Studies.
Seventeen Moments in Soviet History (This site is designed as a supplement to courses on Soviet history and contains over 200 short essays, texts of documents, three hours of streaming archival video with subtitles, and streaming music to songs).
University of Pittsburgh's Russian and East European Studies (Index of Electronic Resources on Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union)
University of Texas's Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (Russian and East European Network Information Center)
Slavic Research Center of Hokkaido University (Resources for Russian and East European Studies)
Russian Feminism Resources (Provides Links to Courses and Syllabi on Women and Slavic Studies)
Bucknell University's Russian Studies (Numerous Links in All Disciplines)
Red Files: Secret Victories of the KGB (Four-part PBS Series)
Comprehensive Guide to Internet Resources on Russia, Central and Eastern Europe
Annotated Directory of College and Research Library News. Covers English and Cyrillic Web Sites in Russian Studies
Benjamin Sher(Numerous Links Relating to Slavic Studies, with Emphasis on Russian)
Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty (Links to Broadcasts Using Real Audio)
Listserv for Russian History (Electronic discussion group on Russian history. To subscribe, send a message to H-Russia@H-NET.MSU.EDU. Leave the subject field blank and in the messsage type "Subscribe H-Russia--Your Name.")
Auburn University's Site for Resources on Russian Culture and Language
Beyond the Pale: Jews in Russia
National Public Radio's Russian Studies Audio Archive (For complete list, see Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies.)
Russian History Sources at Swarthmore College
The Empire That Was Russia: Photos of Pre-1917 Russia in Color
Revelations from the Russian Archives. This Is a Collection of Documents about Various Aspects of Soviet History and Politics.