James Cracraft
History Department


James Cracraft teaches courses in Russian and Modern European history, for which he has repeatedly won Departmental and University teaching awards. His most recent book, The Petrine Revolution in Russian Culture (Harvard/Belknap, 2004), completed while holding a Guggenheim fellowship, is the last of a three-volume trilogy on the wholesale Europeanization of Russian culture engineered by Peter the Great--a "revolution," he argues, that brought Russia into the modern world (previous two volumes published by the University of Chicago Press). His short compendium of the three volumes, written for students and general readers, appeared under the title The Revolution of Peter the Great (Harvard, 2003; paperback, 2005). His current research focuses on Russian-American relations and on historiography after postmodernism.