Professor of History

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Jonathan Daly teaches Russian, European, and world history. His courses inquire mainly into the nature of Western Civilization–how it rose and shaped the modern world–and into the unequal struggle between the Russian state and society.

His books, Autocracy under Siege (Northern Illinois University Press, 1998) and The Watchful State (Northern Illinois University Press, 2004), examine efforts by the Russian government before 1917 to isolate terrorists and political extremists but also to avoid indiscriminate persecution of opposition movements and figures. He compiled Russia in War and Revolution, 1914-1922: A Documentary History (Hackett Publishing Company, 2009), with his former PhD student, Leonid Trofimov, for use in teaching.

The Rise of Western Power: A Comparative History of Western Civilization (Bloomsbury, 2014) interprets the West’s rise to world preeminence. Historians Debate the Rise of the West (Routledge, 2015) summarizes the arguments of two dozen scholars.  Currently, Daly is writing an intellectual biography of historian and Sovietologist Richard Pipes. He is also conducting research for a history of the Soviet collectivization drive and the resultant famine in 1929-1933 and a history of crime and punishment in Russia from Peter the Great to Vladimir Putin.

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Office: 1019 UH, MC 198
Phone: 312-413-9360
Fax: 312-996-6377