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New Directions Lecture - Alex Rabinowitch, "The Petrograd Bolsheviks and the Birth of Soviet Russia: Centennial Reflections"

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Oct 20, 2016   4:00 pm  
Alex Rabinowitch (Emeritus Professor of History, Indiana University)
Free and Open to the Public
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Prof. Rabinowitch will share his views on the Bolsheviks and the outcome of the Russian Revolution of 1917 developed during a professional lifetime exploring various aspects of this still highly controversial subject.

A 1952 University Laboratory High School graduate, the 2016 Max Beberman Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, and a graduate of Knox College, Alex Rabinowitch received his MA from the University of Chicago in International Relations (1961) and his Ph.D in Russian history from Indiana University (1965).  He is now Emeritus Professor of History at Indiana University, where he began teaching in 1968, and Associate Research Scholar, St. Petersburg Institute of History, Russian Academy of Sciences.  His more than twenty doctoral students teach at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

From 1971 to 1973 and again from 1997 to1999, Rabinowitch was Director of Graduate Studies in History at Indiana University; from 1975 to1984, he was Director of Indiana University’s nationally prominent Russian and East European Institute; and from 1986 to1993, he was Dean for International Programs at Indiana University.  In the latter capacity, he was responsible for overseeing all of Indiana University’s international training and research institutes, overseas study and exchange programs, and international student services. 

Rabinowitch’s historical research and writing has focused on the revolutionary and civil war eras in Russian history.  He was one of the first Western scholars permitted to conduct research on Communist Party history in Soviet archives, including the former KGB archive. A   specialist on the revolutions, he is the author of Prelude to Revolution: The Petrograd Bolsheviks and the July 1917 Uprising (Indiana University Press, 1968), The Bolsheviks Come to Power: The1917 Revolution in Petrograd (Norton, 1976), and The Bolsheviks in Power: The First Year of Soviet Rule in Petrograd (Indiana University Press, 2007).  The Bolsheviks Come to Power was the first major work on the Russian revolution published in the Soviet Union under Gorbachev.  Rabinowitch’s books have been published in Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Italian, British, German, Korean, Turkish, and Indian editions, and new centennial editions of The Bolsheviks Come to Power will appear soon in France, Italy, and the United States.  Rabinowitch has written or co-edited seven books, and his numerous essays and reviews have appeared in scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers in this country and abroad.  He is currently working on a book tentatively titled “The Bolsheviks Survive: Government and Crises in Civil War Petrograd.”  He spends part of each year conducting research in Russian and libraries and archives.

Rabinowitch has received many honors for his scholarship.  He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the International Research and Exchanges Board, Fulbright-Hays, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  He has been a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies, and of the Council on Foreign Relations; a Senior Fellow at the Harriman Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at Columbia University and at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.  He has also served as consultant for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Initiative in the Former Soviet Union.  He is the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Knox College, of the Thomas Hart Benton medallion for distinguished service to Indiana University, and of the 2015 ASEEES Award for Distinguished Contributions to Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.     

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