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About Peter Weisensel, Retired

Peter Weisensel specializes in modern Russian history, particularly the imperial period from the 18th century to 1917.
He is the author of two monographs on Russia in the 19th century and is working on another about Russian travelers’ descriptions of Central Asia and the formation of a Russian colonial mentality.
He also teaches a course on modern German history and is interested in minorities, particularly Muslims, in Russian/Soviet history.
Weisensel has been teaching at Macalester since 1973.
EDUCATION: B.S., M.S., University of Wisconsin
Ph.D., University of Minnesota


Present Professor and Chair of History, Macalester College


Research Interests


  • Germany from 1871-Present
  • History and Philosophy of Socialism
  • Introduction to European History
  • Tsar and People: Imperial Russia from Peter the Great to Lenin

Contact Information

Macalester College
Old Main 307
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105


Journal Articles (14)

Books (2)

Contributions to Books (2)