Department of History

Russian History

Indiana University has a long tradition as a center for the study of Russian history, broadly defined. History department faculty include Ben Eklof, a specialist of modern Russia, whose particular interests include peasantry and education; Hiroaki Kuromiya, who studies modern Russian and Ukrainian history, particularly the Stalin period; Edward Lazzerini, whose interests include the Turkic peoples of Central Eurasia and the relations between Russia and the Orient; David Ransel, a specialist of modern Russia whose fields cover political, social and oral history, and gender; Toivo Raun, a specialist in Estonia and more broadly, the Baltic and Scandinavian states, with a focus on nationalism; and Jeffrey Veidlinger, who is a specialist of Jewish history, especially in Eastern Europe and Russia.

The Russian history field benefits from Indiana’s exceptional interdisciplinary resources. The Slavic Department teaches Russian, Czech, Polish, Ukrainian, Romanian, and Bosnia/Croatian/Serbian. SWEESL, the Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European and Central Asian Languages, offers intensive summer courses in Russian, Albanian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Slovene, Yiddish, Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian, in addition to the languages of Central Asia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Generous graduate funding is usually available for SWEESL summer courses.

As a Title VI center, the Russian and East European Institute includes a rich, interdisciplinary group of more than sixty scholars who work in the languages of this area in fields throughout the humanities, social sciences, as well as professional disciplines such as law and public administration. The Department of Central Eurasian Studies covers many areas closely associated with Russia (central Asia, Finland, Estonia, Hungary, among others) The Polish Studies Center, established at Indiana in 1977, hosts annually an array of workshops, conferences and other events related to Polish history and culture.

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Affiliated Faculty


D101  Icons and Axe
D200  Russian History through Films
D302  The Gorbachev Revolution, The Collapse of the Soviet Empire, and Beyond
D303  Heroes and Villains in Russian History
D308  Empire of the Tsars
D310  Russian Revolutions and the Soviet Regime
D320/R500  Modern Ukraine: From Cossacks to Independence
H640  Graduate Colloquim (Imperial Russian History, Russian Historiography, Soviet History, Nationalities in Imperial Russia, Peasant Russia, Stalinism)
H640/U518  Empire and Ethnicity in Modern Russian History
U544  The Baltic States Since 1918
U533  Finland in the 20th Century
U543  Estonian Culture and Civilization
U520  Uralic Peoples and Cultures
U520  Ethnic Relations in the Post-Soviet West
J624  Russian and East European Media Systems

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For information on our Graduate program requirements and guidelines see the “Guide to Graduate Study in History”, “Graduate School Bulletin” and the “Ph.D. Qualifying Exam Guidelines”.