Jonathan W. Daly

    Email Address: daly@uic.edu
    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: History
    Title: Professor
    Office: 1019 UH M/C 198 Phone: 996-3141
    Webpage: http://www.uic.edu/depts/hist/Faculty/daly.html
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    I have two main ongoing projects:

    1. An intellectual biography of historian and Sovietologist Richard Pipes. Components of the project are:

    (a) An investigation of his contributions to the end of the Cold War and in particular his argument that the USSR was a profoundly weak polity and that applying multifaceted pressures on the Soviet Union would lead to the emergence of reform minded political leaders.

    (b) An examination of Pipes’s voluminous writings Russian intellectual, and cultural, political history.

    (c) A study of the scholarly controversies that his writings provoked in regard to the Russian Revolution, the role of private property in history, the nature of the Soviet Union, and the transition from early Bolshevism to Stalinism.

    Each of these components requires compiling bibliographical references, gathering relevant documentation, analyzing texts, and preparing brief reports.

    2. An interpretation of how Europe made the modern world. What I am trying to show is that for centuries European societies were developing what we might call modern traits. Among these were:

    (a) A respect for the law that gradually limited the power of monarchs

    (b) A passion for travel and exploration

    (c) A gradual expansion of individual rights

    (d) A higher status for women than in other major cultures

    (e) An obsession with studying nature

    Each of these components requires compiling bibliographical references, gathering relevant documentation, analyzing texts, and preparing brief reports.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 5

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Familiarity with common online search techniques OR general knowledge about European and world history OR knowledge of Russian language.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    A wide variety of tasks is possible depending on the students' abilities and interests.

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