Ronald Grigor Suny

Ronald Grigor Suny
University of Michigan | U-M · Department of History

Doctor of Philosophy

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I AM CURRENTLY WORKING ON A BOOK, FORGING THE NATION: THE MAKING AND FAKING OF NATIONALISMS
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The waves of Russian political, literary, and artistic émigrés who relocated to Europe have fascinated Western historians from E. H. Carr to Marc Raeff and Orlando Figes, as well as the playwright Tom Stoppard. Faith Hillis has her own unique perspective on post-Napoleonic Europe’s Russian colonies, which she argues prefigured “the better world of...
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Four distinguished experts on Soviet history and Soviet politics discuss the issues raised by Andrea Graziosi in his article “The Weight of the Past in Post-Soviet Russia,” which appeared in the Winter 2020–2021 issue of the JCWS. The article and the discussion forum are the first of several items that will be published in the journal over the next...
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In this postface, Ronald Suny concludes on the historiographical moment reflected in issues no. 10 and no 11 of Études arméniennes contemporaines dedicated to the massacres of the Hamidian period.
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Between academic writing of history – what professional historians, usually employed by universities, do – and popular history – what journalists, celebrities and independent writers usually with some claim on fame do – there is a growing intermediate genre, which I will call ‘history light’. While popular history is produced rather quickly and oft...
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The crisis of bourgeois democracy: the fate of an experiment in the age of nationalism, populism, and neo-liberalism - Volume 57 - Ronald Grigor Suny
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The Soviet Union was an empire within which nations old and new developed, changed, and eventually became self-sufficient enough to opt out.
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The Left Side of History: The Embattled Pasts of Communism in the Twentieth Century - Volume 15 Issue 2 - Ronald Grigor Suny
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European Nations: Explaining Their Formation. By Miroslav Hroch . Trans. Karolina Graham . New York: Verso, 2015. xii, 322 pp. Notes. Index. $26.95, paper. - Volume 76 Issue 4 - Ronald Grigor Suny
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Omer Bartov, and Eric D. Weitz , eds. Shatterzone of Empires: Coexistence and Violence in the German, Habsburg, Russian, and Ottoman Borderlands. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013. Pp. 544, illus., maps. - Volume 46 - Ronald Grigor Suny
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The dominant paradigm for understanding Soviet history from the 1960s through the 1980s was based on the modernization paradigm of progress through the intervention of a transformative state, an alternative to capitalist modernization. With the fall of the USSR and the "Cultural Turn," a more negative assessment of "progress" and the Enlightenment...
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In the years after the 1905–1907 revolution, Social Democrats operated in the political shadows and turned much of their energy to internal differences of strategy and philosophy. Lenin took the issues of Marxist philosophical orthodoxy on questions of materialist ontology so seriously that he was willing to break off his relationship with one of h...
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It is regrettable that publishers hesitate to accept collectively authored, edited, or conference volumes. Yet, even when the various essays do not cohere into a single argument, the variety of views offered in tightly conceived chapters often are as significant as single-authored monographs. These are usually works aimed at fellow scholars rather...
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AlexanderEtkind, Internal Colonization: Russia's Imperial Experience. Cambridge, UK and Malden, Mass.: Polity Press, 2011. - Volume 56 Issue 1 - Ronald Grigor Suny
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Living in the Soviet Century: Moshe Lewin, 1921-2010 A pioneer in the historical study of the Soviet Union, Moshe Lewin brought to Soviet historiography his personal experiences, political convictions, and deep analytical insights into the Leninist and Stalinist revolutions. A critic of Stalinism, he still never conflated the USSR with the possible...
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Two events in 2008 shaped the political map of the Caucasus: the West's decision on the independence of Kosovo and the Russo-Georgian War. First, on 17 February, Kosovo authorities unilaterally declared the independence of what was at the time a UN protectorate. This declaration enjoyed much support in the West, including near-immediate recognition...
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Since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, questions of identity have dominated the culture not only of Russia, but of all the countries of the former Soviet bloc. This timely collection examines the ways in which cultural activities such as fiction, TV, cinema, architecture and exhibitions have addressed these questions and also describes other cul...
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The Soviet Economy in Turmoil, 1929–1930. ByDaviesR. W. · Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1989. xx + 601 pp. Tables, glossary and abbreviations, notes, bibliography, and index. $69.50. - Volume 65 Issue 2 - Ronald Grigor Suny
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First there were the events: mass, forced movements of targeted peoples, often followed by deliberate, state-ordered massacres of civilians. Later came the word — genocide — that attempted to capture, however incompletely, this new and terrible phenomenon. In the course of the twentieth century genocide became part of the political landscape, a pol...
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Historians, unlike some postmodern anthropologists, usually efface their own personality when writing their work. The political views of a person are seen as an encumbrance, a limit on objectivity and neutrality. Ideally, the true historian ought to be like a filter through which the archival effluvia seeps with the minimum of subjective clogging....
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My argument in this paper is that Caucasia has become an area of contention, like much of post-Soviet Eurasia, between the East and West, particularly between Russia's Caucasian policy, which revolves around its long-term interest in re-establishing its regional hegemony in the so-called Near Abroad, and the United States' grander ambition for glob...
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Lars Lih's explication of the intended meaning of Lenin's What Is to Be Done? is not only the most sophisticated to date, it is also unlikely to be surpassed in the foreseeable future. Lih's portrayal of Lenin as a democratic 'Erfurtian' Marxist undoubtedly poses a powerful challenge to those would suggest that Stalinism can be deduced from the arg...
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Editor's IntroductionBuilding Hegemony in the 1930sInventing OppositionConservative RevolutionaryTerror and AutocracyVictory and Decline, Finale and Conclusion
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The USSR was the first State in history to organize itself as a federation of ostensibly equal sovereign nations, yet in its actuality it was more like an empire with a dominant metropole ruling over a multinational periphery. The original intentions of the Soviet leaders to move beyond nationalism ultimately gave way to the creation of coherent an...
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Also CSST Working Paper #9. http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/2027.42/51133/1/365.pdf
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Also CSST Working Paper #69. http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/2027.42/51226/1/460.pdf
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Interest in the violence of the Soviet regime has been a concern primarily of more conservative historians, while those on the Left have either been discomforted by the excessive brutality of the Russian Civil War and Stalinism or have looked for rationalizations for the necessity of violence. One tendency in the historiography has been to see viol...
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When a mind is as fertile and alive as was Daniel Brower's, it is even more tragic to lose it in the prime of its continuing contribution. My memory tells me that I met Dan in 1968 when as a newly minted Ph.D. I traveled out to Oberlin, Ohio, to interview for my first job. Dan was just leaving Oberlin for the University of California, Davis, where...
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From its very beginnings the historiography of Russia in the twentieth century has been much more than an object of coolly detached scholarly contemplation. Many observers saw the USSR as the major enemy of Western civilisation, the principal threat to the stability of nations and empires, a scourge that sought to undermine the fundamental values o...
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Journal of Interdisciplinary History 37.1 (2006) 92-94 In recent decades, the deepening interest in the Holocaust and the spreading of civil and ethnic violence have led social scientists to turn to the study of mass killing, violence, and genocide. As students of international relations have shifted attention from interstate wars to intrastate con...
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The third volume of The Cambridge History of Russia provides an authoritative political, intellectual, social and cultural history of the trials and triumphs of Russia and the Soviet Union during the twentieth century. It encompasses not only the ethnically Russian part of the country but also the non-Russian peoples of the tsarist and Soviet multi...
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Responding to an invitation to a conference in Armenia, I returned to its capital, Erevan, in July 1997 after a seven-year absence—a time in which Soviet Armenia had become the independent Republic of Armenia. The world I entered was not the one I thought I knew but one that had changed significantly. Armenians had gone through a decade of devastat...
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Emotion, the key to human motivation, is an integral part of politics. This paper shows how a consideration of emotions contributes to the existing causal theories of ethnic violence. The author begins with a discussion of identity and nation, examining how the concept of national identity has developed over time into a single unitary identity. Whi...
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Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 3.2 (2002) 303-319 Werth's own discussion centers not so much on ideology as on the circumstances in which the Bolsheviks, weak and threatened, found themselves after having seized power. While there were a number of instances of violence against opponents in the first months of the new regime,...
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For Alsana, an immigrant from Bangladesh to the multicultural mosaic of London, there cannot be a real Bengali or Englishman in the hybrid, free-flowing, unpredictable world that she has experienced. She tries to tell her stubborn, traditionalist husband, Samad Iqbal, to live and let live, but he fears his family is losing its culture. To reverse t...
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Ronald Grigor Suny is Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago and the author of The Revenge of the Past: Nationalism, Revolution, and the Collapse of the Soviet Union (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1993), The Soviet Experiment: Russia, the USSR, and the Successor States (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998), a...
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What kinds of intellectual practices are influential in the making and remaking of nations? How do literary texts shape nation-making? When are intellectuals most and least relevant to developing the nation? How do liberal, socialist, and nationalist intellectuals shape national ideologies? One of the principal debates in the study of nations conce...

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a historical study of the nation-form and the creation of a discourse of the nation that provided the basis for the modern nation and nationalism