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Robert Blobaum, Ph.D.

Eberly Professor

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Research Interests

Dr. Blobaum has been through a few incarnations during the course of his career—from a political/intellectual historian early on, to a social historian of politics in mid-career, to a senior scholar who refuses to be pigeon-holed but is interested in a broad range of economic, social, cultural, political and gender issues. He is also interested in employing a variety of methodological and theoretical approaches to telling what he hopes are compelling stories of what happened in a particular place (central Poland) at a critical juncture in historical time (the late nineteenth and early twentieth-centuries). With the acquisition of experience and perspective, his work has become increasingly transnational and comparative. His work remains Poland-centered, but his stories—most recently about everyday life in Warsaw during the First World War—are better told in larger European frameworks. This is particularly important to a field such as East European history that has long been ghettoized

Courses Offered



A Minor Apocalypse: Warsaw during the First World War. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2017.  

Antisemitism and Its Opponents in Modern Poland (ed.). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2005.

Rewolucja: Russian Poland, 1904-1907. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1995.

Feliks Dzierżyński and the SDKPiL: A Study in the Origins of Polish Communism. Boulder and New York: East European Monograph Series, dist. Columbia University Press, 1984.

Selected Articles and Chapters

“Szpiedzy, spekulanci, fałszerze, oszuści i darmozjady: Antysemitzm po warszawsku w czasie pierwszej wojny światowej (Spies, Speculators, Counterfeiters, Tricksters and Freeloaders: Antisemitism Warsaw-Style during the First World War), Kwartalnik Historii Żydów (Jewish Historical Quarter—Journal of the Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw), 2 (258) (June, 2016):299-320

“A Warsaw Story: Polish-Jewish Relations during the First World War,” in Warsaw. The Jewish Metropolis: Essays in Honor of the 75th Birthday of Professor Anthony Polonsky, ed. Glenn Dynner and François Guesnet (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2015), 271-296.

“A City in Flux: Warsaw’s Transient Populations during the First World War,” The Polish Review 59, 4 (2014): 21-43.

“Warsaw’s Forgotten War,” Remembrance and Solidarity: Studies in 20th-Century European History, no. 2: First World War Centenary (March 2014): 185-207.

“A Different Kind of Home Front: War, Gender and Propaganda in Warsaw, 1914-1918” in Propaganda and the First World War, ed. Troy Paddock (Brill, 2014), 249-272.

“Going Barefoot in Warsaw During the First World War,” East European Politics and Societies 27, 2 (May 2013): 187-204.

“The Rise of Political Parties, 1890-1914” in The Origins of Modern Polish Democracy, ed. M.B.B. Biskupski, James S. Pula and Piotr Wróbel (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2010), 61-94.

”’Panika moralna’ w polskim wydaniu. Dewiacje seksualne i wizerunki przestępczości żydowskiej na początku XX wieku (A Polish-Style Moral Panic: Sexual Deviance and Images of Jewish Criminality in the Early 20th Century)” in Kobieta i rewolucja obyczajowa. Społeczno-kulturowe aspekty seksualności. Wiek XIX i XX, ed. Anna Żarnowska and Andrzej Szwarc (Warsaw, 2006), 265-276.

“Under Lock and Key? Prisons and Prison Conditions in Russian Poland, 1906-1914” in Społeczeństwo w dobie przemiań; wiek XIX i XX (Society in the Era of Transformations: The Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries), ed. Maria Nietyksza, et al (Warsaw, 2003), 295-310.

“The ‘Woman Question’ in Russian Poland, 1890-1914,” Journal of Social History, 35, 4 (Summer 2002): 799-824.

“The Politics of Antisemitism in Fin-de-Siècle Warsaw,” Journal of Modern History, 73, 2(June 2001): 275-306.

“To Market! To Market! The Polish Peasantry in the Era of the Stolypin Reforms,” Slavic Review, 52, 2 (Summer 2000): 406-426.

“Królestwo Polskie między rewolucją i wojną: Może nie było aż tak źle?” (The Polish Kingdom between Revolution and War: Maybe It Wasn’t So Bad, After All?), Historyka: Studia metodologiczne (Kraków: Polish Academy of Sciences), 28(1998): 139-146.

“Modernization and Civil Society in Twentieth-Century Poland” (Washington, DC: The National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, 1998).

“The Insurrectionary Tradition in Polish Political Culture” (Washington, DC: The National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, 1997).

“The SDKPiL and the Polish Question Revisited” in Eastern Europe and the West, ed. John Morison (London: Macmillan, 1992), 207-218.

“The Destruction of East-Central Europe, 1939-1941,” Problems of Communism, 39, 6(1990): 106-111.

“Toleration and Ethno-Religious Strife: The Struggle between Catholics and Orthodox Christians in the Chełm Region of Russian Poland, 1904-1906,” The Polish Review, 35, 2(1990): 111-124.

“The Revolution of 1905-1907 and the Crisis of Polish Catholicism,” Slavic Review, 47, 4(1988): 667-686.

“Solidarność i tradycje polskiego ruchu robotnicznego,” (Solidarity and the Traditions of the Polish Labor Movement) Aneks (Paris), 39(1985): 148-161.