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Amir Weiner

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Amir Weiner

Associate Professor of Soviet History
Field: 
Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia
Ph.D., Columbia University
M.A., Columbia University
B.A., Hebrew University of Jerusalem

My interests are the study of totalitarian movements and regimes with a focus on the Soviet polity; population politics; the Second World War; and modern mass violence. My current research is on the KGB and the Soviet surveillance state.

Selected Publications & Projects

Amir Weiner
(Editor and Contributor)
For centuries, human perfection has been a powerful goal, but only in the twentieth century were national states able to achieve the capacity to...
Amir Weiner
In Making Sense of War, Amir Weiner reconceptualizes the entire historical experience of the Soviet Union from a new perspective, that of World War...

Selected Journals & Book Chapters

Amir Weiner
“Getting to Know You: Soviet Surveillance and Its Uses, 1939-1957,” Kritika 13:1 (Winter 2012): 4-45
“Violence is the midwife of history,”...
Amir Weiner
The book examines the role of Western broadcasting to the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe during the Cold War, with a focus on Radio Free Europe and...
Amir Weiner
“Robust Revolution to Retiring Revolution: The Life Cycle of the Soviet Revolution, 1945-1968,” Slavonic and East European Review (April...

More Information

KGB: Ruthless Sword, Imperfect Shield (forthcoming, 2015)

“The Empires Pay a Visit: Gulag Returnees, East European Rebellions, and Soviet Frontier Politics,” Journal of Modern History 78:2 (June 2006): 333-376 (Reprinted in Denis Kozlov, ed., The Thaw (Toronto, 2013); and Pamięć i Sprawiedliwość 24 (December 2014)

“Déjà Vu All Over Again: Prague Spring, Romanian Summer, and Soviet Autumn on Russia’s Western Frontier,” Journal of Contemporary European History 15:2 (June 2006): 159-194

“Something to Die For, A Lot to Kill For: The Soviet System and the Brutalization of Warfare,” in George Kassimeris, ed., The Barbarisation of Warfare (Hurst, UK, 2006) “Saving Private Ivan: From What, Why, and How?” Kritika 1:2 (Spring 2000): 305-336

“Nature, Nurture, and Memory in a Socialist Utopia: Delineating the Socio-Ethnic Body in the Age of Socialism,” American Historical Review 104:4 (October 1999): 1114-1155. Reprinted in David Hoffmann, ed., Stalinism: Essential Readings (Blackwell, 2003)