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Ronald Grigor Suny is currently the Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History at the University of Michiganmarker, and Emeritus Professor of political science and history at the University of Chicagomarker. He was the first holder of the Alex Manoogian Chair in Modern Armenian History at the University of Michiganmarker, after beginning his career at Oberlin Collegemarker.

Suny graduated from Swarthmore Collegemarker and earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1968. His fields of study are the Soviet Unionmarker and post-Soviet Russiamarker; nationalism; ethnic conflict; the role of emotions in politics; South Caucasus; and Russian/Soviet historiography.

He is a grandson of the Armenian composer Grikor Mirzaian Suni.

Selected Publications

  • The Baku Commune, 1917-1918: Class and Nationality in the Russian Revolution (Princeton University Press, 1972);
  • Armenia in the Twentieth Century (Scholars Press, 1983);
  • The Making of the Georgian Nation (Indiana University Press, 1988, 1994);
  • Looking Toward Ararat: Armenia in Modern History (Indiana University Press, 1993);
  • The Revenge of the Past: Nationalism, Revolution, and the Collapse of the Soviet Union (Stanford University Press, 1993);
  • The Soviet Experiment: Russia, the USSR, and the Successor States (Oxford University Press, 1998).

the editor of

  • Transcaucasia, Nationalism and Social Change: Essays in the History of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia (Michigan Slavic Publications, 1983; University of Michigan Press, 1996) and
  • The Structure of Soviet History: Essays and Documents (Oxford University Press, 2003);
  • The Cambridge History of Russia, volume III: The Twentieth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

the co-editor of

  • Party, State, and Society in the Russian Civil War: Explorations in Social History (Indiana University Press, 1989);
  • The Russian Revolution and Bolshevik Victory: Visions and Revisions (D. C. Heath, 1990);
  • Making Workers Soviet: Power, Culture, and Identity (Cornell University Press, 1994);
  • Becoming National (Oxford University Press, 1996);
  • Intellectuals and the Articulation of the Nation (University of Michigan Press, 1999);
  • A State of Nations: Empire and Nation-making in the Age of Lenin and Stalin (Oxford University Press, 2001).


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