- Seth Bernstein has been at HSE University since 2013.
Seth Bernstein came to Higher School of Economics after finishing his PhD in history at the University of Toronto. He writes on the history of the Soviet Union. He is particularly interested in the impact of war on society, culture and politics, and the role of Soviet socialism and Soviet people in the world. His book Raised under Stalin: Young Communists and the Defense of Socialism (Cornell University Press, 2017), examines how socialist society, and Stalinist socialism, became militarized through the threat of war. His current project, "Return to the Motherland: The Repatriation of Soviet Citizens after World War II," explores the brutal but transnational wartime experience and troubled return of some five million members of the Soviet wartime diaspora. Seth's work also uses digital techniques like GIS and massive textual databases to extract and visualize data. He posts his digital history findings occasionally at abstractualized.com.
Education and Degrees
PhD in History of Civic Movements and Political Parties
University of Toronto
Bachelor's in History
- Modern and Postmodern Social History (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Humanities; 3 year, 2, 3 module)Rus
- The History of the Holocaust (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Humanities; 3 year, 1 module)Eng
- The Laboratory of the Historian: Professional Convention and Practices (Master’s programme; Faculty of Humanities; 1 year, 1-4 module)Eng
- Modern and Postmodern Social History (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Humanities; 3 year, 1, 2 module)Rus
- Problems of Political History of Russia (Master’s programme; Faculty of Humanities; 1 year, 1, 2 module)Eng
- The History of Wars and Armed Conflicts (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Humanities; 3 year, 1, 2 module)Eng
- Article Бернстейн С. Ф. "В Лейпциге, похоже, была большая концентрация войск". Сообщения осведомителей в американский Корпус контрразведки о советской оккупации Германии в Лейпциге, 1946-1947 гг. / Перев.: Е. Ю. Стовба // Исторический архив. 2019. № 3. С. 64-76.
- Article Bernstein S., Makhalova I. Aggregate Treason: A Quantitative Analysis of Collaborator Trials in Soviet Ukraine and Crimea // The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review. 2019. Vol. 46. No. 1. P. 30-54. doi
- Article Bernstein S. Ambiguous Homecoming: Retribution, Exploitation and Social Tensions During Repatriation to the USSR, 1944–1946 // Past and Present. 2019. Vol. 242. No. 1. P. 193-226. doi
- Book Novikova L. An Anti-Bolshevik Alternative: The White Movement and the Civil War in the Russian North / Пер. с рус.: S. Bernstein. University of Wisconsin Press, 2018.
- Book Бернстейн С. Ф. Воспитанные при Сталине. Комсомольцы и защита социализма / Пер. с англ. РОССПЭН, 2018.
- Article Bernstein S. Burying the Alliance: Interment, Repatriation and the Politics of the Sacred in Occupied Germany // Journal of Contemporary History. 2017. Vol. 52. No. 3. P. 710-730. doi
- Book Bernstein S. Raised under Stalin: Young Communists and the Defense of Socialism. Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, 2017.
- Book Vatlin A. Agents of Terror: Ordinary Men and Extraordinary Violence in Stalin’s Secret Police / Transl.: S. Bernstein.; Ed. by S. Bernstein. University of Wisconsin Press, 2016.
- Article Bernstein S. Remembering War, Remaining Soviet: Digital Commemoration of World War II in Putin’s Russia // Memory Studies. 2016. Vol. 9. No. 4. P. 422-436.
- Article Bernstein S. Rural Russia on the Edges of Authority: Bezvlastie in Wartime Riazan, November-December 1941 // Slavic Review. 2016. Vol. 75. No. 3. P. 560-582. doi
- Article Bernstein S. Class Dismissed? New Elites and Old Enemies among the “Best” Socialist Youth in the Komsomol, 1934–41 // The Russian Review. 2015. No. 1. P. 97-116.
- Article Bernstein S. Wartime Filmmaking on the Margins: Soiuzdetfilm in Evacuation in Stalinabad, 1941-43 // Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema. 2015. Vol. 9. No. 1. P. 24-39.
- Article Bernstein S., Cherny R. Searching for the Soviet Dream: Prosperity and Disillusionment on the Soviet Seattle Agricultural Commune, 1922-1927 // Agricultural History. 2014. Vol. 88. No. 1. P. 22-44.
- Article Bernstein S. Transliterating non-ASCII characters with Python // Programming Historian. 2013
- Article Bernstein S. Valedictorians of the Soviet School: Valedictorians of the Soviet School: Professionalization and the Impact of War in Soviet Chess // Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History. 2012. Vol. 12. No. 2. P. 395-418.
On October 3, the School of History and the HSE Centre for Digital Humanities, with support from the Teaching Excellence Initiative, held a lecture by Dr. Andrew Janco (Haverford College, USA) entitled ‘Engaging Students in the Humanities and Sciences through Digital Scholarship Projects.’ Covering methods for engaging students in project-based research in the digital humanities, the lecture aimed to demonstrate the benefits of researchers working with students as co-investigators with their own research interests and agenda.
The HSE Centre for Digital Humanities jointly with the School of linguistics and the School of history held the Digital Humanities week. Among the participants were the "Memorial" society, the "Prozhito" project, the Open List, the Centre for Digital Humanities at Perm University, the German Historical Institute Moscow, as well as researchers from various HSE schools and departments.
Seth Bernstein “Victims, Traitors, Refugees: The Social Reception of Soviet Repatriates after World War II”
On January 26 Seth Bernstein gave a presentation “Victims, Traitors, Refugees: The Social Reception of Soviet Repatriates after World War II” at the scholarly seminar of the International Center for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences.
Seth Bernstein's report at the scholarly seminar of the International Center for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences
On March 11, Seth Bernstein gave a presentation — ‘Burying the Alliance: Interment, Repatriation and the Politics of the Sacred in Occupied Germany’ — at the scholarly seminar of the HSE International Center for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences where he works as a postdoctoral research fellow.
HSE has hosted the international academic conference ‘Europe, 1945: Liberation, Occupation, Retribution,’ during which historians, sociologists, and culturologists from various countries discussed the social, economic, military, political, and cultural phenomena caused by World War II. In an interview with the HSE News Service, the Director of HSE’s International Centre for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences, Oleg Budnitskii, discusses the conference, its organizers, and its guests, and also talks about why it is important to study the human dimension of war.