IUP author and historian Alexander Rabinowitch was recently named an Affiliate Research Scholar of the Russian Academy of Sciences St. Petersburg Institute of History.
He was elected by unanimous vote of the Institute’s Academic Council for his decades of research and publication on the Russian revolution and civil war. The honor is very prestigious for Rabinowitch as the institute is one of the leading research centers in Russia and has elected very few non-Russian scholars since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.
At a ceremony marking the event, Rabinowitch presented a talk about his late father, Eugene Rabinowitch, the eminent Petersburg-born physical chemist, poet, and co-founder of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, as well as of the international Pugwash movement of concerned scientists. Both the Bulletin and the Pugwash movement focus on critical global nuclear and environmental issues and both remain active to this day.
Two of Rabinowitch’s major books on the Russian revolution and civil war were published by IU Press: Prelude to Revolution: The Bolsheviks and the July 1917 Uprising (1968) and The Bolsheviks in Power: The First Year of Soviet Rule in Petrograd (2007). Russian translations of both these books, as well as of The Bolsheviks Come to Power: The Revolution of 1917 in Petrograd (Norton, 1975), have been published in Russia, where they are widely read.