Холмс Ларри (Holmes, Larry E.)

is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Alabama, where he taught Russian history from 1968 to 2003. 

During the 1992/93 academic year he lectured in Russian and Soviet history at Rostov State University in the Russian Federation.

Professor Holmes has been the recipient of numerous awards, including grants from the Kennan Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Teachers of Russian, and the International Research and Exchanges Board.

In 2001, he received a grant from the Fulbright-Hays Research Abroad Program for eleven months of research in Kirov, Russia.

Author of the books:

  • The Kremlin and the Schoolhouse: Reforming Education in Soviet Russia, 1917-1931 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1991)
  • Sotsial'naia istoriia Rossii, 1917-1941 (The Social History of Russia, 1917-1941)(Rostov-on-Don, 1994)
  • Stalin’s School: Moscow’s Model School No. 25, 1931-1937 (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1999).

Holmes has also published articles in Slavic Review, Russian Review, History of Education Quarterly, and other scholarly forums.
In addition, Holmes has written a book comparing Russian and American mentality, Rossiia: Strannaia zemlia i ee zagadochnie liudi (Russia: This Strange Land and its Mysterious People) (Kirov, 2003) and one on contemporary Russia, How Ordinary Russians Experience Their Lives and World: A Report of a Participant-Observer (Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2008).
He is completing a book-length manuscript on Soviet educational bureaucracy, "Grand Theater: Regional Governance in Stalin’s Russia, 1931-1941," a work that focuses on the Kirov region.

Professor Holmes may be reached at the
Department of History, University of South Alabama,
Mobile, AL 36688 and at LEHVIATKA@bellsouth.net