Internet Resources for
Russian Studies
from the Archive of Michael B. Petrovich (1922-1989)

This Internet site, which presents excerpts of lectures on Russian history by Professor Michael B. Petrovich, was created by the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as part of its mission to serve as a resource to the university and greater community. Professor Petrovich taught Balkan and Russian History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1950 until his untimely death in 1989. During his tenure at the University his classroom lectures were very popular with generations of UW students and were frequently broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio for a statewide audience.

In 1997, CREECA initiated a project to digitize part of Professor Petrovich’s vast archive of images and recordings to acquaint a new generation with his multimedia college courses in Russian history. The material on this site incorporates slides from the Petrovich archive and lectures recorded in 1984 for subsequent broadcast on public radio. CREECA’s early endeavor to make these Petrovich lectures available on the Internet provides a good overview of Russian History, but visitors should understand that variations in sound and image quality exist since the material was digitized at a time when the Internet (and multimedia computer technology) was still in its infancy.

PosterBuilding on Petrovich’s commitment to the study of Russia, CREECA participated in developing an online lifelong learning course featuring Petrovich’s television and radio broadcasts from the 1950s.

Click here to view an introduction to this course by David McDonald, who is the current Alice D. Mortenson-Michael B. Petrovich Professor of Russia History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

View excerpts form the 1997 version of
Michael Petrovich's lectures:

417 Russia from 800-1800

418  Russia from 1800-1917

This web page was constructed and is maintained by the Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) is a U. S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center. It was established in 1993 to unite the efforts of two longstanding University programs--Russian and East European Studies, and Central Asian Studies. CREECA consists of over 100 members who are nationally and internationally recognized experts in their fields.