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In memoriam Richard Pipes

A Scholar with a Sense of Mission

Academic, Cold Warrior, Public Intellectual
Jonathan Daly
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On May 17, 2018, Richard Pipes died quietly in a nursing home in Belmont, Massachusetts, to which he had been moved from a Cambridge hospital the day before. He had lived ninety‑four years and ten months. He wrote more books and articles on more topics and phases of Russia’s past, from Muscovy to late Soviet and even post‑Soviet times, than any other Western scholar. He was the most influential practicing American historian in the field of Sovietology, for a time the best‑known historian of Russia in America, and undoubtedly the best known American or even Western historian of Russia in Russia itself. He was animated throughout his career, which began in graduate school in 1946 at Harvard University and ended only in 2016 with his last publication, by a morally grounded devotion to freedom and opposition to authoritarian oppression. At the same time, his intellectual interests ranged from the underlying political culture of Russia to art history. He taught thousands of undergraduate...

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Jonathan Daly, « A Scholar with a Sense of Mission », Cahiers du monde russe [En ligne], 59/4 | 2018, mis en ligne le 01 octobre 2018, Consulté le 14 octobre 2019. URL :

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Jonathan Daly

University of Illinois at Chicago,

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