April 17, 2004

Future plans

Posted by Ed

My plans for next year, like Matt's, have become much clearer over the last week. Yesterday I learned that I've won a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, which means that my plans are now largely set: I'll be in Cambridge from September until late December, reading microfilms of Russian archival documents in the Harvard libraries, and then I'll go to Russia for nine months of research. I expect to spend roughly half my time in Russia working in the central archives in Moscow and half in several provincial archives; I expect to work in a Siberian regional center (most likely Novosibirsk), a medium-sized city that was not occupied by the Germans during World War II (perhaps Ivanovo, where I did research last summer), and a third site to be decided later. I also plan to undertake some research in Riga, Latvia, where it's possible to read secret police denunciations that are inaccessible to researchers in Russia.

My dissertation topic, for those of you who don't already know, is the Soviet Communist party's investigations of the misconduct of its members after World War II--a topic that that includes everything from drinking and womanizing to religious observance and collaboration with the Germans. One of these days I plan to update this blog with a description of some of the reading I've been doing lately, but for now, I have too much reading and celebrating to do!

Posted by Ed at April 17, 2004 12:06 PM


Posted by: Brian Ulrich at April 17, 2004 04:30 PM

I don't remember if I remembered to congratulate you on the Fulbright, so congratulations!

Posted by: Matt at April 17, 2004 05:09 PM

Indeed. Many congratulations.

Posted by: Will Baude at April 18, 2004 09:40 AM


Posted by: Timothy Burke at April 19, 2004 02:47 PM

Congratulations to you! I very much enjoy your blog and wonder if you might join me for a coffee in Cambridge. I'll be moving there in September to start a phd in the history department (my interest is the history of treason in early postwar East Asia)

Posted by: Kmlawson at April 24, 2004 08:56 AM

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