Department of History

William Chase

  • Professor

Fields

Russian and Soviet History
Modern European History
Urban History
International Communist Movements

Teaching

Russian and Soviet History
Comparative Political Cultures 
Urban History

Education & Training

  • BA, History, Lafayette, College, 1969
  • MA, Russian Studies, Boston College, 1973 (with highest distinction)
  • PhD, Russian and Modern European History, Boston College, 1979 (with highest distinction)
  • Universidad de Madrid, 1967

Representative Publications

Enemies within the Gates? The Comintern and the Stalinist Repression, 1934–39 (Yale, 2001)

Workers, Society and the Soviet State: Labor and Life in Moscow, 1918–1929 (University of Illinois Press, 1987, 1990)

Rossiiskii Gosudarstvennyi Arkhiv Ekonomiki Putevoditel', tom. 1. with Jeffrey Burds, E.A. Tiurina, S.V. Pasolova, A.K. Sokolov (Moscow, 1994)

Research Interests

Fear, Loathing and the Murder of Trotsky: A book-length manuscript in progress that uses the assassination of Leon Trotsky to examine the rise and nature of threat construction, scapegoating, conspiratorial worldviews, and political violence among communists in the USSR, Spain, Mexico and the United States in 1935–40.