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Roberta T. Manning


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Telephone: 617-552-2795

Office Location: Maloney Hall, Room 417


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Ph.D., Columbia University, 1975

Fields of Interest

Twentieth-century Russia, with special interests in the social and political history of the Stalin era, political terror, the Cold War, peasant studies, and women's history

Academic Profile

Professor Manning teaches Soviet history, as well as specialized courses on Soviet foreign policy, women's history, political terror, and current politics. At present she is studying Stalin's terror in the countryside and working on a monograph on more of the sensational local show trials.

She is a director and editor-in-chief of an international project to that involves 40 scholars from six nations — Russia, United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and South Korea — who are collectively exploring newly available documents in the five major central Moscow archives, including the still-closed KGB archive. The project will result in the publication of a five-volume documentary history on Stalinism in the Soviet countryside, 1927-1939, first in Russian and then in English. The first two volumes of this series are already in print. Subsequent volumes will follow at yearly intervals.

Professor Manning has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Council for Soviet and East European Studies, IREX, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Representative Publications

  • "Adventures in the Smolensk Archives: The Confessions of an American Sovietologist," in Patricia Grimsted (ed.), The Return of the Smolensk Archive (a bilingual publication), Moscow: Rosspen, 2005
  • Bel'skii raion, 1937 god (1999)
  • Tragediia Sovetskoi derevni: kollektivizatsiia i raskulachivanie 1927-1939 Dokumenty i materialy v piati tomov; co-editor with V.P. Danilov and Lynne Viola (1999)
  • Stalinist Terror: New Perspectives; co-editor with J. Arch Getty (1993)
  • The Crisis of the Old Order in Russia: Gentry and Government (1982) — winner of the Herbert Baxter Adams Prize of the American Historical Association


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