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Igor Lukes



    September 1, 2004 — May 1, 2005

    Professional affiliation

    University Professor and Professor of History and International Relations, Boston University

    Wilson Center Projects

    "The American Diplomats in Prague: 1945-1953: U.S.-Soviet Competition at the Beginning of the Cold War"

    Full Biography

    I am a historian of Central Europe in the twentieth century. I have written about Europe between the world wars and contemporary developments in East Central Europe, Russia, and the Balkans. My work has been published in five countries and in such journals as Journal of Contemporary History, Diplomacy and Statecraft, Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte, and Slavic Review. My latest book is Czechoslovakia Between Stalin and Hitler: The Diplomacy of Edvard Benes in the 1930s (1996). I am also a co-author and co-editor of The Munich Conference: Prelude to World War II (1999), Inside the Apparat: Perspectives on the Soviet Union (1990) and Gorbachev's USSR: A System in Crisis (1990). In 1997 I received the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching at Boston University.


    Ph.D. (1986) Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University


    Eastern Europe


    • University Professor, Boston University, 1988-present
    • Assistant Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 1986-88


    History of Central Europe

    Major Publications

    • The Munich Crisis, 1938: Prelude to World War II (London: Frank Cass, 1999)
    • Czechoslovakia Between Stalin and Hitler (New York: Oxford University Press, 1996)
    • Inside the Apparat: Perspectives on the Soviet Union (Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, 1990)

    Previous Terms

    Jan 01, 1984 - Jan 01, 1984: "Miliary Aspects of the Czechoslovak Crisis, May-September 1938: The Soviet Perspective" May 01, 1983 - Jun 01, 1983: "Soviet Foreign Policy in September 1938: The Conference of Munich and the Soviet Union"