Russia, Cold War, International
During last three years I have published two major books. The first book, A Failed Empire: the Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev (University of North Carolina Press, 2007) received the Marshall Shulman prize as “an outstanding monograph on the international behavior of the countries of the former communist bloc.” The second book Zhivago’s Children: The Last Russian Intelligentsia (Belknap Press. Harvard University Press, 2009) was reviewed by Washington Post, Economist, London Review of Books, Times Higher Education, and Foreign Affairs. Currently, I am finishing a biographical study about Dmitry S. Likhachev, a distinguished Russian scholar and cultural leader. My professional interests cover Soviet and Russian cultural and intellectual history. Also, I continue to be keenly interested in the cold war and its place and role in the history of development, de-colonization, and the rise of global civil society. Aside from scholarship, my mission is to build scholarly networks between Temple and leading Western centers for international history, as well as between the American academe and Russia’s younger and innovative scholars. For three years I have been the Director of the US-Russian advanced faculty training program for humanities and social sciences, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and most recently by “Russkiy Mir” Foundation in Moscow. The last workshop of this program took place in July 2009 in the Crimea, Ukraine, with participation of 10 senior and 30 younger scholars from the United States, Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Belorussia, Moldova, and Kyrgizstan. Last, but not least, I really enjoy Temple students and teaching European and Russian history!