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The Modern Metropolis: Chicago and Moscow. Social Conflict and Reform around 1900

Duration
2005 - 2011
Funding
WZB, Alexander-von-Humboldt-Stiftung, GHI Wahsington, GHI Moscow

My research explores self-perception, social conflict and city reform in two metropolitan cities between 1890 and 1920. Chicago and Moscow exemplify two different ways to modernity: the American and the Russian. Both cities expanded rapidly during the period under investigation. In their midst, social conflict was more pronounced than in other places. But conflict also led to dynamics of reform that will be explored in a comparative perspective. The study is an effort in comparative and transnational urban history.