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Paul W. Werth

Department  of History

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Paul Werth joined the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1997, after receiving his PhD at the University of Michigan in 1996, and is now Professor in the Department of History. He has been a visting fellow at the Slavic Research Center at the University of Hokkaido, Japan; a fellow at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; and a visting fellow at the Center for Advanced study at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. From 2009 to 2015 he was one of the three editors of the journal Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History. In 2013-14 he was chair of UNLV's Faculty Senate, after that serving as chair of UNLV's Promotion & Tenure Committee and then chair of its Department of History.

His research has focused on the problem of religious freedom in the Russian Empire and the role of religious institutions and personnel in tsarist imperial governance. He has published articles in Social History, Slavic Review, Nationalities Papers, Kritika, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Russian ReviewAb Imperio, Cahiers du Monde russe Journal of Modern History. His first book, At the Margins of Orthodoxy, was published with Cornell in 2002, and a book of his essays in Russian translation appeared in 2012 as Православие, инославие, иноверие (NLO). In 2014 he completed The Tsar's Foreign Faiths: Toleration and the Fate of Religious Freedom in Imperial Russia (Oxford), now available in paperback.

His most recent book 1837: Russia's Quiet Revolution is forthcoming with Oxford. His future plans include a history of the border of the Russian Empire, from Norway to North America; a history of constitutions in Russia from 1730 to the present; and a comparative history of three major 18th-century Russian urban creations (and "burgs"): St Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, and Orenburg.

Other Course Offerings

History 348
World War I


History 445
Modern Russian Cultural History
(Religion in Russia & the USSR)

History 464
20th-century Europe

History 322
Terrorism in the Russian Empire

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Quiet Revolution: Russia in 1837

This book proposes that the 1830s in Russia constituted a striking period of dynamism, innovation, and consequence, and that 1837 was a pivotal year for the empire’s entry into the modern age. Such a thesis may raise eyebrows. Despite some revisionist work, most historians continue to think of the reign of Nicholas I (1825-55) as a period of conservative stasis, when the “gendarme of Europe” secured order beyond Russia’s borders and entrenched the autocratic system at home. Similarly, most would see in 1837 nothing beyond an utterly ordinary year. There was no great revolution, no change in the country’s ruler, no major foreign war, and no fundamental transformation in the country’s social or political order. The institution of serfdom structured life in much of rural Russia and would continue to do so for the next quarter-century; autocracy would remain immune to serious challenge until at least 1905. Yet this project contends that a substantial number of modern Russia’s most distinctive and noteworthy features can be traced back to this inconspicuous year. Modern Russia became what it did, in no small measure, because of 1837.

Book manuscript under advance contract with Oxford University Press (hopefully to be released in 2021)