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Mark Berman

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Seit 01/2017

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am LOEWE-Schwerpunkt "Konfliktregionen im östlichen Europa"


DAAD Forschungsaufenthalt in Minsk


Sommerschule "Vilnius Yiddish Institute"


DAAD Forschungsaufenthalt in Minsk und Vilnius

Seit 11/2013

Doktorand am Historischen Institut der JLU Gießen. Betreuer: Prof. Dr. Thomas Bohn (JLU Gießen)


Quality Assurance Senior Manager Comcast Technologies in Washington, DC


Masterstudium an der Georgetown University, Graduate School of Foreign Service. Abschluss: M.A. Russian and Eurasian Studies


Studium der Philosophie an der University of Texas at Austin. Abschluss: B.A.


Staff Software Engineer mit International Business Machines (IBM) in Austin, Texas

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  • Belarus zwischen den Ersten und Zweiten Weltkriegen
  • Alltagsgeschichte/Sozialismus in Osteuropa
  • Kulturpolitik der Sowjetunion und BSSR
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  • Mitherausgeber mit Felix Ackermann und Olga Sasunkevich: A New Land: Rediscovering Agency in Belarusian History, Politics, and Society, in:  Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society, Frühjahr 2017 (im Druck)

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Arbeitstitel: "What The State Gave the People: Belarussification and Socialist Construction in Interwar Minsk"

My research project investigates how the Soviet Union fostered a pro-Soviet Belarusian national culture within the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic. My project focuses on how national communists selectively transplanted attractive elements from the "Bourgeoisie Nationalism" of the Nasha Niva movement and attempted to inscribe a new Soviet Belarusian Culture upon the face of largely ruined Minsk following the First World War.  Creating a Soviet Belarusian culture was not without its paradoxes.  First, Minsk was a predominantly Jewish city.  Furthermore, Minsk lacked the heavy industry or the Russian speaking proletariat that characterized St. Petersburg, Moscow or Central Russia.  Writing about interwar Minsk presents a historiographical challenge too, as so much of the city, its people, and the records of its existence were destroyed during the Second World War.  This dissertation explains how the interwar construction of Minsk was entangled with the creation of socialist as well as national spaces.  I argue that in spite of the long odds, this Soviet nation-building project was mostly successful and identify how before World War II a Belarusian public was created.