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Hugh Hudson

Regents’ Professor
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1981
phone: 404-413-6381
email: hhudson@gsu.edu

Professor Hudson specializes in the history of both Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union with special attention to the role of marginal social groups in shaping the culture and economic structure of the country. Among his publications are Peasants, Political Police, and the Early Soviet State: Surveillance and Accommodation under the New Economic Policy (2012); Modernization Through Resistance: War, Mir, Tsar, and Law in the World of the Pre-reform Russian Peasantry (2004); Blueprints and Blood: The Stalinization of Soviet Architecture, 1917-1937 (1994); The Rise of the Demidov Family and the Russian Iron Industry in the Eighteenth Century (1986) translated as Pervye Demidovy i razvitie chernoi metallurgii Rossii v XVIII veke (2011); “The Kulakization of the Peasantry: The OGPU and the End of Faith in Peasant Reconciliation, 1924-1927,” Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas (2012); “Peasant-State Relations During the Formative Years of the New Economic Policy,” Canadian Slavonic Papers (2008); "Shaping Peasant Political Discourse during the New Economic Policy: The Newspaper Krest'ianskaia gazeta and the Case of 'Vladimir Ia.'," Journal of Social History (2002); "Religious Persecution and Industrial Policy in the Reign of Anna I: V. N. Tatishchev and the Old Believers Reconsidered," Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas (2002); "A Rhetorical War of Fire: The Middle Volga Arson Panic of 1839 as Contested Legitimacy in Prereform Russia," Canadian Slavonic Papers (2001); "'Even if You Cut Off Our Heads': Russian Peasant Legal Consciousness in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century," Canadian-American Slavic Studies (2001); "An Unimaginable Community: The Failure of Nationalism in Russia During the Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth Centuries," Russian History (2000); "Proletarians by Fiat: The Compulsory Ural Metallurgical Work Force, 1630-1861," International Labor and Working-Class History (1995); "Terror in Architecture: The Murder of Mikhail Okhitovich," Slavic Review (1992); " The Social Condenser of Our Epoch': The Association of Contemporary Architects and the Creation of a New Way of Life in Revolutionary Russia." Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas (1986). He has received numerous fellowships and awards to study in the former Soviet Union. Currently he is working on peasant-state interaction during the 1920s. He offers undergraduate courses in Kievan through Imperial Russian history and on the history of the Soviet Union as well as graduate seminars on various aspects of Russian and Soviet history.  He is the Executive Secretary of the Georgia Conference of the American Association of University Professors.

Selected Publications

Peasants, Political Police, and the Early Soviet State: Surveillance and Accommodation under the New Economic Policy. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Pervye Demidovy i razvitie chernoi metallurgii Rosii v XVIII veke. Ufa: Iz-datel’ Kuchumov I. V., 2011.

Modernization Through Resistance: War, Mir, Tsar, and Law in the World of the Pre-reform Russian Peasantry. Seattle: Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, 2004.

Blueprints and Blood: The Stalinization of Soviet Architecture, 1917-1937. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994.

The Rise of the Demidov Family and the Russian Iron Industry in the Eighteenth Century. Boston: Oriental Research Partners, 1986