Languages

Ben Eklof

Trained as a social historian, I have also taught the introductory departmental course for graduate students [Introduction to the Professional Study of History] examining the linguistic turn, gender, post-colonialism and global history. My interest in Russian history began with the study of pre-revolutionary literature, then developed as an examination of modern European history, the history of revolutions and of the peasantry of the world. To me, the study of language, culture and history are inseparable, and I have spent more than 6 years of my life in Russia, developing a better grasp of the nuances of language as well as the specificities of place [in Russian: kraevedenie, or local studies]. My first book, Russian Peasant Schools [1986] sought to examine the world of the Russian peasant through the window of the school. Well received as representing a new approach to peasant life, it took me more deeply into the history of Russian education, pre-revolutionary, Soviet, and post-Soviet [Democracy in the School; School and Society in Russia and the Soviet Union, and Educational Reform in Post-Soviet Russia, the last volume published in 2005]. Being acquainted with Russia's reformist Minister of Education, Edward Dneprov, I also worked as a consultant on educational reform in Russia and wrote a book on the Gorbachev era [Soviet Briefing] as well as an entry on that topic in the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World ["Perestroika"] in 2007. Recently, I published an article elaborating my own views on what I see as an asymmetrical relationship between American and Russian historical scholarship. This article "By Another Yardstick"] was first published in a conference volume [University of Toronto, 2007], then reprinted, with lengthy commentaries by scholars from Europe, Russia and the USA, in the journal Ab Imperio in 2008. I have also edited volumes on Russia's Great Reforms, on The World of the Russian Peasantry, and, most recently, the English version of Boris Mironov's massive and authoritative 2 volume Social History of Imperial Russia [2000]. Currently I am completing work on a volume entitled "Russia's Culture of Education" as well as launching a new project [with a Fulbright grant] on local government and the zemstvo in late Imperial Russia. In the past three years I have made close to a dozen trips to the Volga-Kama region, working in the archives of Kirov [formerly Viatka] province. In the Fall of 2009 I will be working and teaching in the city of Kazan', the capitol of Tatarstan.

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