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I am a specialist in Soviet history. My early work was on the role of Soviet journalists in the construction of Stalinist culture during the 1920s. My second was on the murder of Leningrad Communist Party chief Sergei Kirov in 1934, which Stalin used as one of the pretexts for the Great Terror. Using new archival documents I demonstrated that Stalin was probably not involved in engineering the murder itself, but used it for political purposes. I also traced how the murder resonated down the decades in Soviet political life.
I am now working on the experiences of Soviet soldiers in the first year of the Axis invasion of the USSR.
Below are links to my two major books, Closer to the Masses: Stalinist Culture, Social Revolution and Soviet Newspapers (Harvard University Press, 2004) and The Kirov Murder and Soviet History (Yale University Press, 2010).