Naimark is the author of several books including two on the nineteenth-century Russian and Polish revolutionary movements, a seminal work on The Russians in Germany: A History of the Soviet Zone of Occupation, 1945-1949 (1997), another on ethnic cleansing, Fires of Hatred: Ethnic Cleansing in Twentieth-Century Europe (2002), and most recently a book on Stalin's Genocides (2011). He is also editor and co-editor of a number of volumes, such as The Establishment of Communist Regims in Eastern Europe, 1944-1949 (1998) and Yugoslavia and Its Historians: Understanding the Balkan Wars of the 1990s (2003).
On Naimark's first visit to the region (Yugoslavia 1964/5 and Poland 68/9) (7:41)
How how Naimark came to write his dissertation on the 19th-century party, Wielki Proletariat [Great Proletariat] (11:35)
The origins of Naimark's first two books: The History of the "Proletariat": The Emergence of Marxism in the Kingdom of Poland, 1870-1887 (1979) and Terrorists and Social Democrats: The Russian Revolutionary Movement under Alexander III (1983) (13:28)
On asking "big questions" (26:25)
On writing history with the contemporary political situation in mind (34:22)
Area studies and inter-disicplinarity: parallel decline? (40:34)
How Naimark defines the region he studies (44:29)
Books that have had an intellectual influence on Naimark (48:29)
Naimark on mentorship and his own mentor, Wayne Vucinich (53:51) -- see also Naimark's essay on this topic "How Historians Repeat Themselves"
Commonalities between Naimark's students' work (1:05:10)
What remains to be done in the field of East-Central European history (1:11:22)
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