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Juliane Christiane Angelika Fürst

(1973-04-06) April 6, 1973 (age 50)
NationalityBritish German

Juliane Christiane Angelika Fürst (born 6 April 1973) is a British German historian. Her research focuses on youth, protest- and subcultures, life in late socialism and early post-socialism and socialist subjectivities. Her latest book on the Soviet hippie movement titled Flowers through Concrete: Explorations in the Soviet Hippieland and beyond is forthcoming with Oxford University Press[1]


Juliane Fürst read Modern History at the University of Oxford (1994-1997) and completed a MSc in Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies at the London School of Economics (LSE) in 1998. In 2003 she received her doctorate from the Government Department of the LSE with a thesis entitled ‘Stalin’s last Generation - Youth, State and Komsomol 1945-53’. From 2002 to 2003 she was a Stipendiary Lecturer in Modern History at the Magdalen College, Oxford, and from 2003 to 2007 a Junior Research Fellow at St John’s College, Oxford. She worked as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Modern History at the University of Bristol from 2007-2018. In August 2018 she was appointed as the head of the department Communism and Society at the Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History (ZZF) in Potsdam.


  • Flowers through Concrete: Explorations in the Soviet Hippieland and Beyond(Oxford University Press, 2020), monograph[2]
  • Cambridge History of Communism, Vol. III: Endgames? Late Communism in Global Perspective 1968 – present, Cambridge Univeristy Press, 2017), edited with Silvio Pons and Mark Selden[3]
  • Dropping out of Socialism: Alternative Cultures and Lifestyles in the Soviet Bloc (Lexington Books, 2017), edited with Josie McLellan
  • Stalin’s Last Generation: Soviet Post-War Youth and the Emergence of Mature Socialism (Oxford University Press, 2010), monograph
  • Late Stalinist Russia: Society between Reconstruction and Reinvention (Routledge, 2006), edited volume[4]

Articles and Chapters

  • ‘Liberating Madness – Punishing Insanity: Soviet Hippies and the Politics of Craziness’, Journal of Contemporary History, Oktober 2018 Vol 53(4), 832-860.
  • ‘From the Maiak to the Psichodrom: How 1960s Counterculture came to Moscow’, in Martin Klimke et al (Hg), The Routledge Handbook of the global Sixties (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2018), 180-193.
  • ‘1977: Stagnierende Revolution: Zwischen Erstarrung und Dynamik’, in Jan Behrends, Nicholas Katzer, Udo Lindenberger (Hg.), 100 Jahre Roter Oktober: Zur Weltgeschichte der Russischen Revolution, 181-208.
  • mit Stephen Bittner, ‘The Aging Pioneer: Late Soviet Socialist Society, its Challenges and Challengers”, in Cambridge History of Communism, Vol. III (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), 281-306.
  • ‘We all live in a Yellow Submarine: Life in a Leningrad Commune’, in Juliane Fürst and Josie McLellan (Hg.), Dropping out of Socialism: Alternative Spheres in the Soviet Bloc (New York, 2016), 179-207.
  • ‘If You’re Going to Moscow, be Sure to Wear some Flowers in your Hair: The Soviet Hippie Sistema and Its Life in, Despite and with Stagnation’, in Dina Fainberg and Artemy Kalinovsky, Reconsidering Stagnation in the Brezhnev Era (New York: Lexington Books, 2016), 123-146.
  • ‘The Difficult Process of Leaving a Place of Non-Belonging: Maxim Shrayer’s Memoir, Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story’, Journal of Jewish Identities, Vol. 8, Nr. 2, July 2015, 189-208.
  • ‘Swinging across the Iron Curtain and Moscow’s Summer of Love’, Richard Jobs and David Pomfret (eds.), Transnational Histories of Youth in the Twentieth Century, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015, 213-236.
  • ‘Love, Peace and Rock’n Roll on Gorky Street: The ‘Emotional Style’ of the Soviet Hippie Community’, Contemporary European History, 23.4 (2014), 565-587.
  • mit John Davis ‘Drop-outs’ und mit James Mark, Petr Oseka, Robert Gildea, Rebecca Clifford and Chris Reynolds ‘Spaces’ in Robert Gildea and Annette Warring (eds.), Europe’s 1968: Voices of Revolt, Oxford University Press, 2013, 164-192 bzw. 193-210.
  • ‘Where did all the Normal People Go: Another Look at the Soviet 1970s”, Review Article, Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, Summer 2013, 621-640.
  • ‘Born under the same Star: Refuseniks, Dissidents and Late Socialist Society’, in Yaacov Roi, (ed.), The Jewish Movement in the Soviet Union, Washington DC, The Woodrow Wilson Centre Press, 2012, 137-163.
  • mit Chris Reynolds und Petr Oseka, ‘Breaking the Walls of Privacy: How Rebellion came to the Street’, Sonderheft zu 1968, The Journal for Social and Cultural History (2012), 493-512.
  • ‘Introduction’ and ‘Between Salvation and Liquidation: Homeless Youth and the Reconstruction of the Soviet System’, in SEER (Slavonic and East European Review) Special Issue ‘The Relaunch of the Soviet Project: The USSR 1945-64’ (Vol. 86) (2) April 2008.
  • ‘Friends in Private, Friends in Public: The Phenomenon of the kompaniia among Soviet Youth in the 1950s’ in Lewis Siegelbaum (ed.), Borders of Socialism (New York: Palgrave, 2006), 229-250.
  • ‘The Importance of Being Stylish: Youth, culture and identity in late Stalinism’, Brigitte Studer und Heiko Haumann (eds.), Stalinistische Subjekte: Individuum und System in der Sowjetunion und der Komintern 1929-1953, Zürich: Chronos, 2006, 359-375.
  • ‘In Search of Salvation: Letters to the Soviet Authorities’, Contemporary European History 15 (2006), 327-345.
  • ‘The Arrival of Spring? Changes and Continuities in Soviet Youth Culture and Policy between Stalin and Khrushchev’ in Polly Jones (ed.), Problems of Destalinisation (London: Routledge: 2006), 135-153.
  • mit Robert Gildea und Dirk Luitgens, ‘To work or not to work’, Kapitel in Surviving Hitler and Mussolini: Daily Life in Occupied Europe, (Oxford: Berg, 2006), 42-87.
  • ‘Not a Question of Faith – Youth and Religion in the Post-War Years’, Jahrbücher für die Geschichte Osteuropas 52, December 2004, 557-570.
  • ‘Prisoners of the Soviet Self? – Political Youth Opposition in late Stalinism’, Europe-Asia Studies 54 (3), 2002, 353-375.

Grants, Prizes, Fellow- and Scholarships

  • Senior Core Fellow Institute of Advanced Studies, Central European University, Budapest[5]
  • ‘In the Zone of Kaif: The Life of Azazello – Hippie, Poet, Addict and Artist’, AHRC Standard Grant, Principal Investigator
  • 2014 Senior Fellow at Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University Project: Travels through the Soviet Hippieland under the 2013/14 theme ‘Subjectivities and Identities’ in Eurasia[6]
  • 2011-2015 Principal Investigator AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Board) Project ‘Dropping out of Socialism’, Independent research into the Soviet hippie movement, co-ordination of the project, including supervision of two PhD students, collaboration with Co-I Dr. Josie McLellan, organization of workshop with subsequent publication

In the media


  1. Flowers Through Concrete: Explorations in Soviet Hippieland. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press. 17 January 2021. ISBN 978-0-19-878832-4.
  2. Flowers Through Concrete: Explorations in Soviet Hippieland. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press. 17 January 2021. ISBN 978-0-19-878832-4.
  3. Fürst, Juliane; Pons, Silvio; Selden, Mark, eds. (2017). The Cambridge History of Communism: Volume 3: Endgames? Late Communism in Global Perspective, 1968 to the Present. The Cambridge History of Communism. Vol. 3. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-13564-2.
  4. "Late Stalinist Russia: Society Between Reconstruction and Reinvention". Routledge & CRC Press. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  5. "Juliane Fürst | Institute for Advanced Study". ias.ceu.edu. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  6. "The Soviet Hippie 'Sistema' and its Life in, despite and with 'Stagnation'". Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. 2014-03-03. Retrieved 2020-10-23.

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