CCSU Faculty
Jay Bergman

Jay Bergman

Professor of History

Department of History
Social Sciences Hall
Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050

Phone: (860) 832-2811
Fax: (860) 832-2804

Area of Specialization: Russia

Jay Bergman received his B.A. in history with honors, magna cum laude, from Brandeis University in 1970. He subsequently received his M.A. (1972) and M. Phil. (1973) from Yale University. He completed his Ph.D. in Russian history at Yale in 1977. Dr. Bergman joined the faculty at CCSU as an Associate Professor in 1990. Prior to his arrival at CCSU, he taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Miami, and Albright College.

His teaching interests include modern Russian history, modern European history, and intellectual history. In addition to his published works below, his article entitled "The Paris Commune in Bolshevik Mythology" is currently under consideration for publication. He is now working on a book-length manuscript tentatively titled “The French Revolutionary Tradition in Soviet Culture and Thought.”

Dr. Bergman is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Scholars and president of its Connecticut Affiliate. In 2009 he was named a member of the Connecticut Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, and is serving the second two-year term. He is also a contributing writer on the website Op-eds he has written have appeared in The Jerusalem Post, the Washington Times, The New Hampshire Union Leader, the Providence Journal, the Hartford Courant, and local and regional newspapers in Connecticut.

Selected Publications:

  • Meeting the Demands of Reason: The Life and Thought of Andrei Sakharov (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2009).
  • Vera Zasulich: A Biography (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1983). [Japanese edition, Sanrei Shobo, 1986.]
  • "Peter the Great in the Writings of Soviet Dissidents,” in Festschrift for Robert O. Crummey (Bloomington, IN: Slavica Press, 2008), 189-212.
  • "Was the Soviet Union Totalitarian? The View of Soviet Dissidents and the Reformers of the Gorbachev Era," Studies in East European Thought (1998): 247-281.
  • "Valerii Chkalov: Soviet Pilot as New Soviet Man," Journal of Contemporary History 33, no. 1 (1998): 133-52.
  • "Reading Fiction to Understand the Soviet Union: Soviet Dissidents on Orwell’s 1984," History of European Ideas 23, nos. 5-6 (1997): 173-92.
  • "The Idea of Individual Liberty in Bolshevik Visions of the New Soviet Man," European History Quarterly 27, no. 1 (1997): 57-92.
  • "Soviet Dissidents on Nazism, Hitler, and the Holocaust: A Study of the Preservation of Historical Memory," Slavonic and East European Review (1992): 477-504.
  • "Soviet Dissidents on the Russian Intelligentsia, 1956-1985: The Search for a Usable Past," Russian Review (1992): 16-35.
  • "The Image of Jesus in the Russian Revolutionary Movement: The Case of Russian Marxism," International Review of Social History 35, no. 2 (1990): 220-248.
  • "The Memoirs of Soviet Defectors: Are They a Reliable Source about the Soviet Union?" Canadian Slavonic Papers (1989): 1-24.
  • "The Perils of Historical Analogy: Leon Trotsky on the French Revolution," Journal of the History of Ideas (1987): 73-98.
  • "Vera Zasulich, the Shooting of Trepov, and the Growth of Political Terrorism in Russia," Terrorism: An International Journal (1980): 25-51.
  • "The Political Thought of Vera Zasulich." Slavic Review. (1979): 243-258.