Karl Schlögel

Karl Schlögel is a highly regarded German historian whose work interweaves meticulous historical scholarship with an assured grasp of social and cultural theory. After many years as a freelance journalist and writer, he entered academia in 1990 and is now Professor Emeritus at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt. Widely recognized as one of the premier living historians of Stalinism, Russia and Eastern Europe, in his early work he examined workers’ protests in the Soviet Union, and he went on to write respected studies of Russian modernism and the cultural history of various Eastern European cities. He is best known in the English-speaking world for his magnum opus Moscow 1937, published by Polity, which provided a breathtakingly erudite account of the terrorist excesses and ideological dreams of High Stalinism at the height of the purges. In 2016 he was awarded the German Historian Prize, the most prestigious prize for German-speaking historiography.