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Dr Juliane FurstBSc(Oxon), MSc, PhD(Lond)

Senior Lecturer in Modern History

Juliane Furst

Dr Juliane FurstBSc(Oxon), MSc, PhD(Lond)

Senior Lecturer in Modern History

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Research interests

I am a social and cultural historian of the Soviet Union with a particular interest in late socialism, counterculture, youth and dissidence.

I am involved in a variety of projects that investigate and document late socialist life, including the publication of a volume resulting from the AHRC-funded project ‘Dropping Out of Socialism: Alternative Lifestyles in the Eastern Bloc, c. 1960-1990’, which I led, and a new edition of the Cambridge History of Communism, for which I co-edit volume III jointly with Silvio Pons and Mark Selden. I am on the editorial board of the Journal of Contemporary History and Soviet and Post-Soviet Review.

I am currently writing up a monograph on the Soviet hippie movement titled Flowers through Concrete: Explorations in the Soviet Hippieland, which is scheduled to appear with Oxford University Press in 2018. My research in Soviet hippie culture forms part of a larger interest in the many layers of late Soviet society, especially those, which are not visible at a first glance. While my work on the Soviet Hippies is predominantly based on interviews, I have a special interest in the material and visual culture of Soviet countercultures and am working with the Wende Museum in Los Angeles on an exhibition devoted to Soviet flower power.

My book Stalin’s Last Generation: Soviet Postwar Youth and the Arrival of Mature Socialism was published by Oxford University Press in 2010. Based on my PhD dissertation, it argued that the generation socialized in the later Stalin’s years pushed the boundaries of Sovietness by looking for identities based on individual differentiation and less ideologically infused ideas. Instead of the Thaw, the war and generational ennui emerge as the catalysts of change in Soviet post-war times. I am also the editor of Late Stalinist Russia: Society between Reconstruction and Reinvention (London, 2006).


(0117) 928 7622,

1.30, 9 Woodland Road

Consultation hours

Research supervision

I welcome proposals for doctoral research on all aspects of Soviet history, in particular post-war history, questions involving youth and generation and explorations of the cultural and social underground.


I teach on a wide variety of topics pertaining to the 20th century, ranging from Soviet- specific lectures to seminars on modern spaces and ‘totalitarian’ societies.

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Postal address:
13-15 Woodland Road
United Kingdom