Leopold H. Haimson

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Leopold Henri Haimson (1927 – December 18, 2010) was a historian and professor emeritus of Columbia University.

Haimson received his PhD from Harvard University in history and social relations in 1952. He was a member of faculty at the University of Chicago from 1956. He joined the faculty at Columbia in 1965 as a professor of Russian history and a member of the Russian Institute. He has been the Director of the Interuniversity Project on the History of Menshevik Movement and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He published many books and articles, specializing in the history of Russia, particularly the Mensheviks movement.


  • The Parties and the State: The Evolution of Political Attitudes (Bobbs-Merrill, 1960)
  • Russian Marxists and the Origins of Bolshevism (1966)
  • The making of a workers' revolution: Russian social democracy, 1891-1903 (University of Chicago Press, 1967) with Allan K. Wildman
  • The Mensheviks: From the Revolution of 1917 to the Second World War (University of Chicago Press, 1974) with David J. Dallin.
  • The Mensheviks : From the Revolution of 1917 to the Second World War (1975) with G. Vakar
  • The Politics of Rural Russia, 1905-1914 (1979)
  • The Making of Three Russian Revolutionaries: Voices from the Menshevik Past (1987) with Ziva Galili Y Garcia & Richard Wortman
  • Russia's Revolutionary Experience, 1905-1917: Two Essays (Columbia University Press, 2005)
  • "The Problem of Social Stability in Urban Russia, 1905-1917 (Part One)" Slavic Review (1964) 23#4 pp 619-642in JSTOR; "The Problem of Social Stability in Urban Russia, 1905-1917 (Part Two)." Slavic Review 24.1 (1965): 1-22. in JSTOR
    • "'The Problem of Political and Social Stability in Urban Russia on the Eve of War and Revolution' Revisited." Slavic Review (2000) pp: 848-875. in JSTOR
  • with Charles Tilly. "Strikes, wars, and revolutions in an international perspective." in Tilly, ed., Strike Waves in The Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries (1989).
  • Strikes, Social Conflict, and the First World War: An International Perspective
  • "Lenin's Revolutionary Career Revisited: Some Observations on Recent Discussions." Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 5.1 (2004): 55-80.