Donald J. Raleigh (NHC Fellow, 1991–92)

Project Title

Civil War on the Volga: Saratov Province, 1918-1922

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Fellowship Work Summary, 1991–92

Donald J. Raleigh drafted three chapters of a book, tentatively titled "Civil War on the Volga: Politics, Society, and Revolutionary Culture in Saratov, 1918-1922," and wrote several articles. "Beyond Moscow and St. Petersburg: Some Reflections on the August Coup, Provincial Russia, and Novostroika" appeared in the Summer 1992 issue of the South Atlantic Quarterly. A slightly revised version will be included in Late Soviet Culture, edited by Thomas Lahausen (Duke University Press). A personal account that he began in Russia in August 1991 and completed at the Center, "The August Coup in Provincial Russia: The View from the Volga," will be published in a collection of reminiscences edited by the sociologist Victoria Bonnell. He also compiled the entries on the "Russian Civil War" for the American Historical Association's forthcoming Guide to the Historical Literature; wrote an extended essay on "Russia" for the World Book Encyclopedia; and worked on a paper, "Doing Local History," which he presented in Russian in the former Soviet Union in May. He finished a three-year appointment as chair of the IREX Selection Committee, which chooses American scholars for participation in research exchange programs with the C.I.S., and as a consequence was involved in the first effort to select Russian scholars for study in the United States. He also served as a member of the American Historical Association's Program Committee for the 1993 annual meeting.