At Boston University, I majored in Slavic History and Literature covering the main outlines of Russian and Polish history and Russian Literature. Emphasis was placed on learning Russian. At Columbia University I enrolled in the East Asian Institute and received a MA in Chinese history. At Columbia I certified my knowledge of both Russian and Chinese, qualifying at the MA level in both languages. At Columbia my course work was equally divided between Russian and Chinese history. This was continued at New York University which unlike Columbia or Harvard agreed to offer me a split doctoral program between Chinese and Russian history. My doctoral dissertation "Soviet Political, Military, and Economic involvement in Sinkiang: 1928 to 1949" was published by the Garland Press. I recently publish "The Axis of Shame: Great Britain, Israel, the United States, and Turkey in the Middle East. This work discusses the disastrous policies of the Western Powers and their allies in the Middle East that have failed to achieve peace or security in the region and have been so costly in terms of casualties and resources.
An understanding of European (including Russia) and American history is essential to comprehending current events and trends in the present century. Placing political, economic, military, and artistic achievements of the foregoing areas into their proper contexts distinguishes the educated individual from the vast majority of the population.
I believe that these topics should be addressed in a way that combines both chronological and thematic approaches. History tutoring should be done within a chronological framework with important themes carried through different time periods. Periodically, I will test the student on the understanding of the main themes that underlie the important events being discussed. I have given many lectures focusing on the periods of English-French rivalry, the Reformation, European political, military and economic rivalries, Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Alexander I, the Crimean War, Nicholas II and the First World War and Russia's participation in the Second World War.
In language training (Russian or English), I will stress basic conversational skills and/or basic reading skills. Home study work will be assigned in all cases. Elementary Russian should stress basic phraseology and vocabulary building. Sentences emphasizing the peculiar nature of Russian verb structures are essential. Basic reading can be included depending on the objectives of the student.
In the past, I have tutored students in New York and Boston in modern European, Russian and Chinese history. When I lived in New York City, I would advertise for students in the "Village Voice" and on the college bulletin boards. Later, in Boston I would advertise for students in the "Back Bay Ledger" and on college bulletin boards It is always gratifying to see the students respond to informative and exciting presentations. I would be happy to meet with representatives of your organization if that should be deemed helpful.
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