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Dr. Gary Thurston

Gary Thurston



Ph.D., 1973, Columbia University
M.A., Certificate of the Russian Institute, 1965, Columbia University

Research Interests:

Thurston's current project is a book on "Soviet spaces." For some idea of the problematics, see his recent article in his online version of The Forum on Public Policy: "Movements of Peoples and the Genesis of Soviet Spaces." Winter, 2007

Courses Taught:

  • HIS 132 - Introduction of Russian and Soviet History
  • HIS 310 - History of Europe: 1815-1914
  • HIS 315 - Tolstoy in European Intellectual History
  • HIS 332 - History of Imperial Russia
  • HIS 333 - Twentieth Century Russia
  • HIS 506 - Graduate Seminar in European History


The Popular Theater Movement in Russia, 1862-1919. Northwestern University Press, 1998.

“Alexis de Tocqueville in Russia,” The Journal of the History of Ideas 37, 2 (April 1876), 289-306.

“Sologub’s Melkiy bes,” The Slavonic and Eastern European Review 55, 1 (January 1977), 30-44.

“The Impact of Russian Popular Theater, 1886-1915,” The Journal of Modern History 55, 2 (June 1983).

Contact Information:


Department of History
University of Rhode Island

80 Upper College Road
113 Washburn Hall
Office: 203 Tucker House
Phone: 401.874.4078

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