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Dr. Tobias Rupprecht

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JRG: "Peripheral Liberalism", Freie Universität Berlin

Postdoctoral Researcher, Head of JRG

Ihnestr. 22
14195 Berlin

I am a global historian with a particular interest in the history of (state) socialism and (neo)liberalism. My research has mostly addressed Soviet and Eastern European encounters with the Global South, and economic reform debates in socialist countries. I taught both Russian and Latin American history in Denmark and the UK before joining Scripts in 2020 to study economists and marketisation debates in Eastern Europe and China in the late 20th century.

Research Interests

  • Global History
  • History of (state) socialism, esp Soviet history
  • History of (neo)liberalism
  • Latin American history, esp modern Chilean history

Current Research projects at SCRIPTS

The 'Peripheral Liberalism' group assesses the intellectual development and political impact of liberal ideas before and during the marketisation of (formerly) state socialist countries. We revisit debates on the expansion of markets and private property amongst economists, social scientists and dissidents in the Soviet Union/Russia, in Eastern Europe, and in China, in their transnational context from the 1970s to the 1990s. Marketisation was not usually envisioned as a wholesale import of the Western liberal model; both historical and contemporary models of authoritarian transition in other 'peripheral' countries provided inspiration, too. We reconsider the local intellectual roots and the non-Western exchange of ideas of political economy - within the socialist world but also in exchange with development dictatorships from Chile to South Korea. We also explore the counterreations to these liberals, who were 'peripheral' in their national contexts, too: they were often marginal figures, politically influential for a while but usually confronted with hostile political elites and majorities of the population. 'Peripheral Liberalism' thus seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the genesis of modern hybrid regimes in much of the former socialist world that currently challenge the Western liberal script with a vengeance.


‘1989’. A Global History of Eastern Europe (co-authored with Bogdan Iacob, James Mark, and Ljubica Spaskovska). Cambridge University Press 2019

Soviet Internationalism after Stalin. Interaction and Exchange between the Soviet Union and Latin America during the Cold War. Cambridge University Press 2015

Articles and chapters

‘The Road from Snake Hill. The Genesis of Russian Neoliberalism’, in: Dieter Plehwe and Quinn Slobodian (ed.): Market Prophets from the Margins. Neoliberals East and South. Zone Books (forthcoming)

‘Global Varieties of Neoliberalism. Debates on Free Markets and Strong States in late 20th Century Russia and Chile’, in: Global Perspectives (forthcoming)

‘Pinochet in Prague. Authoritarian Visions of Economic Reforms and the State in Eastern Europe, 1980–2000’, in: Journal of Modern European History (forthcoming)

‘Latin American “Tercermundistas” in the Soviet Union. Paradise Lost and Found’, in: Thomas Field et. al. (ed.): Latin America and the Global Cold War. University of North Carolina Press (forthcoming)

‘The Socialist World in Global History. From Absentee to Victim to Co-producer’ (together with James Mark), in: Matthias Middell (ed.): The Practice of Global History. Bloomsbury 2019, p. 81-113

 ‘The General on his Journeys. Augusto Pinochet’s International Trips and Diverging Transnational Justice and Memory Agendas in the Aftermath of the Cold War’, in: Global Society 33 (2019), p. 419-435

‘Orthodox Internationalism. State and Church in Modern Russia and Ethiopia’, in: Comparative Studies in Society and History 1 (2018), p. 212-235
‘Globalisation and Internationalism beyond the North Atlantic. Soviet-Brazilian Encounters and Interactions during the Cold War’, in: Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo and José Pedro Monteiro (ed.): Internationalism, Imperialism and the Formation of the Contemporary World. Palgrave MacMillan 2018, p. 327-351

‘Soviet Experts on Latin America and Socialist Internationalism in the USSR during the Cold War’, in: Katja Naumann et. al. (ed.): In Search of Other Worlds. Essays towards a Cross-Regional History of Area Studies. Leipziger Universitätsverlag 2018, p. 79-98

‘Europe’s “1989” in Global Perspective’ (together with James Mark), in: The Cambridge History of Communism. Cambridge University Press 2017, p. 203-223

‘Die Russische Revolution und der Globale Süden’, in: Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte 32 (2017), p. 21-26

‘Afrikanskie Brat’ja po vere. Rossija, SSSR, i ikh efiopskaja politika’, in: Neprikosnovenyj Zapas 3 (2016)

‘Formula Pinochet. Chilean Lessons for Russian Liberal Reformers during the Soviet Collapse’, in: Journal of Contemporary History 1 (2016), p. 165-186

‘The Blazing Continent. Latin American Folklore and Romanticism in the Soviet Union’, in: Frank Reichherzer et.al. (ed.): Making Sense of the Americas. Campus 2015, p. 333-353

‘Schreibtischrevolutionäre. Die “meždunarodniki” als Bannerträger des sozialistischen Internationalismus in der späten Sowjetunion’, in: Boris Belge and Martin Deuerlein (ed.): Perspektiven auf die Brežnev-Zeit, 1964-1982. Mohr Siebeck 2014, p. 231-249

‘Als Moskau den Mambo lernte. Lateinamerikanische Folklore, Revolutionsromantik und sowjetischer Internationalismus im Tauwetter’, in: Martin Aust (ed.): Globalisierung imperial und sozialistisch. Russland und die Sowjetunion in der Globalgeschichte 1851-1991 (Globalgeschichte, Bd. 13). Campus 2013, p. 443-461

‘Musenkuss in Nukus. Kunst der sowjetischen Avantgarde in der usbekischen Provinz’, in: Osteuropa 3 (2012), p. 159-172

‘La Guerra fredda e la “grande modernità socialista”’, in: Contemporanea 1 (2012), p. 137-145

‘Socialist High Modernity and Global Stagnation. A Shared History of Brazil and the Soviet Union during the Cold War’, in: Journal of Global History 3 (2011), p. 505-528

‘Gestrandetes Flaggschiff. Die Universität der Völkerfreundschaft in Moskau’, in: Osteuropa, 1 (2010), p. 95-114

‘Die sowjetische Gesellschaft in der Welt des Kalten Kriegs. Neue Forschungsperspektiven’, in: Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 58 (2010), p. 381-399