Leiterin der Abteilung I


Dr. Juliane Fürst
Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History
Am Neuen Markt 1
14467 Potsdam

Office: Am Neuen Markt 9d, room 1.01
Phone: 0331/74510-117
Fax: 0331/74510-143

Email: fuerst [at] zzf-potsdam.de



since 2018
Co-Head of Department I "Communism and Society"

2017 – 2018    
Reader in Modern History
Department of History, University of Bristol

2012 – 2017    
Senior Lecturer in Modern History
Department of History, University of Bristol

2007 – 2012    
Lecturer in Modern History
Department of History, University of Bristol 

2003 – 2007    
Junior Research Fellow
St. John’s College, University of Oxford

2002 – 2003    
Stipendiary Lecturer, Modern History
Magdalen College, University of Oxford

Academic Qualifications

Senior Fellowship in Higher Academy of Education

1998 – 2003      
PhD, Government Department, London School of Economics
Thesis Title "Stalin’s last Generation - Youth, State and Komsomol 1945-53"

1997 – 1998    
MSc Russian and Post-Soviet Studies 
London School of Economics

1994 – 1997    
BA(Hon) Modern History (First Class)
Christ Church, University of Oxford

1992 – 1994
Study of Law and History
Ruprecht Karls University, Heidelberg


  • Research project

    Historiography has assigned a very particular understanding to the perestroika project: it is perceived as enacted from above, hinging on the persona of Gorbachev, and a phenomenon to which people reacted rather than forced action upon. This project will... » zum Projekt

  • Interdisciplinary research network
    funded by a SAW-grant of the Leibniz Association
    Coordination: Jan Claas Behrends and Juliane Fürst

    The interdisciplinary research network „Legacies of Communism“ with partners in six countries will be hosted by the ZZF in... » zum Projekt

  • Completed research project

    This project was devoted to a thorough exploration of the history of the hippie movement in the Soviet Union from the late sixties onwards. It payed particular attention to the place of hippies as an outsider community in the larger context of... » zum Projekt


Select Publications


Flowers through Concrete: Explorations in the Soviet Hippieland and Beyond (Oxford University Press, 2021), monograph

Cambridge History of Communism, Vol. III: Endgames? Late Communism in Global Perspective 1968 – present, Cambridge: CUP, 2017), edited with Silvio Pons and Mark Selden

Dropping out of Socialism: Alternative Cultures and Lifestyles in the Soviet Bloc (Lexington Books, 2017), edited volume with Josie McLellan

Stalin’s Last Generation: Soviet Post-War Youth and the Emergence of Mature Socialism (Oxford University Press, 2010), monograph

Late Stalinist Russia: Society between Reconstruction and Reinvention (London: Routledge, 2006), edited volume

Articles and Chapters:

“Liberating Madness – Punishing Insanity: Soviet Hippies and the Politics of Craziness”, Journal of Contemporary History, Oktober 2018, Vol 53(4), 832-860.

“From the Maiak to the Psichodrom: How 1960s Counterculture came to Moscow”, in Martin Klimke et al, The Routledge Handbook of the global Sixties (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, forthcoming 2018), 180-193.

with Stephen Bittner, “The Aging Pioneer: Late Soviet Socialist Society,

its Challenges and Challengers”, in Cambridge History of Communism, Vol. III (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), 279-290.

‘We all live in a Yellow Submarine: Life in a Leningrad Commune’, in Juliane Fürst and Josie McLellan (eds.), Dropping out of Socialism: Alternative Spheres in the Soviet Bloc  (New York, 2016), 179-207.

‘If You’re Going to Moscow, be Sure to Wear some Flowers in your Hair: The Soviet Hippie Sistema and Its Life in, Despite and with Stagnation’, in Dina Fainberg and Artemy Kalinovsky, Reconsidering Stagnation in the Brezhnev Era (New York, 2016), pp. 123-146.

‘The Difficult Process of Leaving a Place of Non-Belonging: Maxim Shrayer’s Memoir, Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story’, Journal of Jewish Identities, Vol. 8, Nr. 2, July 2015, pp. 189-208.

‘Love, Peace and Rock’n Roll on Gorky Street: The ‘Emotional Style’ of the Soviet Hippie Community’, Contemporary European History, 23.4 (2014), pp. 565-587.

with John Davis ‘Drop-outs’ and with James Mark, Petr Oseka, Robert Gildea, Rebecca Clifford and Chris Reynolds ‘Spaces’ in Robert Gildea and Annette Warring (eds.), Europe’s 1968: Voices of Revolt, Oxford University Press, 2013, 164-192, 193-210.

‘Where did all the Normal People Go: Another Look at the Soviet 1970s”, review article, Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, Summer 2013, 621-640.

‘Born under the same Star: Refuseniks, Dissidents and Late Socialist Society’, in Yaacov Roi, (ed.), The Jewish Movement in the Soviet Union, Washington DC, The Woodrow Wilson Centre Press, 2012, 137-163.

with Chris Reynolds and Petr Oseka, ‘Breaking the Walls of Privacy: How Rebellion came to the Street’, Special Issue on 1968, The Journal for Social and Cultural History (2012), 493-512.