Vladimir Simkhovitch

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Vladimir Simkhovitch
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ResidenceNew York City
OccupationEconomics professor
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Vladimir Gregorievitch Simkhovitch (1874-1959) was an economist and Professor of Economic History and Economics at Columbia University.[1] Simkhovich was seen in the 1930s as "the hard core of the old department," a difficult professor who "devoted much of his time and energy to creating and maintaining feuds."[2] His 1908 book Marxism versus Socialism was lauded as being "a work of incomparable thoroughness.[3]

Simkhovitch received his doctorate from Halle-Wittenberg in 1898. He was hired by Columbia University in 1904 to teach economic history. He also lectured about socialist economics and Marxism until he retired in 1942. He married Mary Melina Kingsbury in New York City in 1899 and they had one daughter, Helena, and one son, Stephen.[4] He was an art collector and avid gardener.[5][6]

Works and Publications[edit]

  • The case of Russia, a composite view (1905)
  • The Russian peasant and autocracy (1906)
  • Marxism versus socialism (1908)
  • Rome's Fall Reconsidered (1916)
  • Toward the understanding of Jesus, and other historical studies (1921)


  1. ^ "Columbia. Econ History, Simkhovitch. Friedman was there, '33". Economics in the Rear-View Mirror. 2015-10-16. Retrieved 2019-01-28.
  2. ^ Ginzberg, Eli (Fall 1990). "Economics at Columbia: Recollections of the Early 1930s". The American Economist,. 34 (2): 14, 17. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  3. ^ Brooks, John Graham (1914). "Marxism versus Socialism. Vladimir Simkhovitch". Journal of Political Economy. University of Chicago Press. 22 (2): 190–191. doi:10.1086/252393. ISSN 0022-3808.
  4. ^ "Stephen Simkhovitch". FindAGrave. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  5. ^ "DR. SIMKHOVITCH, EDUCATOR, IS DEAD; Ex-Professor of Economic History at Columbia Was Also Authority on Art". The New York Times. 1959-12-10. Retrieved 2019-01-28.
  6. ^ "Library Collection Search". Corning Museum of Glass. Retrieved 2019-01-28.