Wilson Center Experts

Aaron Retish

Title VII Short-Term Scholar
Kennan Institute

Russia and Eurasia
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Wayne State University
Wilson Center Project(s):
In the Courts of Revolution: Legality, Vengeance, and Citizenship in the Rural Soviet Courtroom, 1917-1953
Jul 01, 2008
Nov 30, 2008

Project Summary

This is a book-length study of how average rural citizens engaged multiple Soviet legal organs-revolutionary tribunals, as well as village, comrade, family, peoples, and national courts- from the 1917 Revolution until the end of Stalinism in 1953.

Previous Terms at the Wilson Center:
November, 2001: Peasant Identities in Russia’s Turmoil: Status, Gender, and Ethnicity in Viatka Province, 1914-1921. Examination of the interactions between peasants and government in Viatka province, Russia from the beginning of World War I to the end of the Civil War in 1921; peasant responses to tsartis, Provisional Government, an Soviet recruitment into the armed forces; establishment of local administrations; construction of peasant identity and power relationships among one another and to the body politic