From Conquest to Deportation: The North Caucasus under Russian Rule
(Von Jeronim Perović, erscheint im Frühjahr 2018 bei Hurst Publishers (London) und Oxford University Press (New York)
This book is about a region on the fringes of empire, which neither Tsarist Russia, nor the Soviet Union, nor in fact the Russian Federation, ever really managed to control. Starting with the nineteenth century, it analyses the state’s various strategies to establish its rule over populations highly resilient to change imposed from outside, who frequently resorted to arms to resist interference in their religious practices and beliefs, traditional customs, and ways of life. Jeronim Perovic offers a major contribution to our knowledge of the early Soviet era, a crucial yet overlooked period in this region’s troubled history. During the 1920s and 1930s, the various peoples of this predominantly Muslim region came into contact for the first time with a modernising state, demanding not only unconditional loyalty but active participation in the project of ‘socialist transformation’. Drawing on unpublished documents from Russian archives, Perovic investigates the changes wrought by Russian policy and explains why, from Moscow’s perspective, these modernisation attempts failed, ultimately prompting the Stalinist leadership to forcefully exile the Chechens and other North Caucasians to Central Asia in 1943-4.
Cold War Energy: A Transnational History of Soviet Oil and Gas (abgeschlossen)
(Sammelband hrsg. von Jeronim Perović, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
Energy dimensions of the Cold War in general, and the role of Soviet oil and gas in particular, remain still largely under-researched topics in the historiography. While Western studies on the Cold War tend to leave oil and gas out of the picture, the few publications on the history of oil and gas do not generally interlace their analyzes with the history of the Cold War. There is still very little research based on newly available Soviet archival material on issues such as Soviet strategic thinking with regard to the development of its oil and gas sector, the establishment of energy relations within the Soviet controlled Eastern European ‘bloc’, or the various meanings that Soviet leaders attached to energy as a factor in relations to Western Europe, the US, and the countries of the Third World. By bringing together historians and specialists from the United States, Europe and Russia, this book represents a pioneering endeavor to approach these issues in a comprehensive manner and put them into transnational perspective.