- Contributors to This Issue
Stephen V. Bittner, Professor of History at Sonoma State University, is the author of The Many Lives of Khrushchev’s Thaw: Experience and Memory in Moscow’s Arbat (2008), and the editor of Dmitrii Shepilov’s memoir, The Kremlin’s Scholar: A Memoir of Soviet Politics under Stalin and Khrushchev (2007). His current project, a history of winemaking in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, is forthcoming.
Johanna Conterio is Lecturer in International and Modern European History at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. Her research focuses on the environmental history of the Soviet Union, in particular the intersection between environment and health. Her “Inventing the Subtropics: An Environmental History of Sochi, 1928–36,” appeared in Kritika 16, 1 (2015): 91–120. She is also the author of “Places of Plenty: Patient Perspectives on Nutrition and Health in the Health Resorts of the USSR, 1917–1953,” Food & History 14, 1–3 (2016): 113–40; and “Beyond Liberal Internationalism,” Contemporary European History 25, 2 (2016): 359–71 (with Ana Antic and Dora Vargha). Her current research project is a history of the Soviet health resort, spanning the entire Soviet period and highlighting the role of the improvement and policing of environment and health in Stalinist social engineering projects and the emergence of the Soviet welfare state.
Igor Fedyukin is Director of the Center for Historical Sources, National Research University—Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow. His works have appeared in Slavic Review, Theory and Society, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, and Journal of Social History, among others, and his forthcoming monograph explores the role of administrative entrepreneurs, or “projectors,” in building new organizational forms in Russian education under Peter I and his immediate successors. He is currently working on two book-length projects, a history of Russia’s “libertine century” and a comparative history of “Westernizing” reforms, of which the present article is a part. [End Page 460]
Diane P. Koenker is Professor of Russian and Soviet History and Director of University College London’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies. She is the author most recently of Club Red: Vacation Travel and the Soviet Dream (2017), and she is currently at work on a study of Soviet consumer culture in the 1960s, focusing on the service sector and retail trade.
Alexandra Oberländer is Affiliated Research Fellow at the Forschungsstelle Osteuropa, Universität Bremen. Her Unerhörte Subjekte: Die Wahrnehmung sexueller Gewalt in Russland 1880–1910 (Unheard-of Subjects: The Perception of Sexual Violence in Russia, 1880–1910 ) explored the meanings of sexual violence in late imperial Russia at a microhistorical level. Her present project is titled “ ‘Labor as the Prime Necessity of Life’? A History of Work in the Late Soviet Union.” An initial article from this project (“Cushy Work, Backbreaking Leisure: Late Soviet Work Ethics Reconsidered”) was published in Kritika 18, 3 (2017): 569–90. With this issue she has become Kritika’s associate editor for late imperial history.
Malte Rolf is Professor of Central and Eastern European History at Universität Bamberg. His main fields of research are a cultural history of the Russian Empire with a focus on imperial elites, imperial biographies, and the Kingdom of Poland, as well as the history of Soviet political culture and, most recently, critical discourses on modernity in the late Soviet Union. His publications include Soviet Mass Festivals (2014); Imperiale Herrschaft im Weichselland: Das Königreich Polen im Russischen Imperium (1864–1915) (Imperial Rule in the Vistula Land: The Kingdom of Poland in the Russian Empire, 1864–1915 ); and Imperiia i Korolevstvo: Tsarskaia vlast´ v Pol´she (The Empire and the Kingdom: Tsarist Power in Poland [forthcoming]). He has edited Between the Great Show of the Party-State and Religious Counter-Cultures: Public Spheres in Soviet-Type Societies (with Gábor T. Rittersporn and Jan C. Behrends ); “Imperiale Biographien/Imperial Biographies,” special issue of Geschichte und Gesellschaft 40, 1 (2014); and Elites and Empire: Imperial Biographies in Russia and Austria-Hungary, 1850–1918 (with Tim Buchen ).
Carol (Kira) B. Stevens is Professor of History and of Russian...