Biography:

Professor, Doctor of Science

Chief research fellow

Center for African Studies in the Department of  Regional Studies, 

Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences 

e-mail: alex.balezin@yandex.ru  

Education

  • 1970-1975 - Oriental College of Moscow Lomonossow University, Department of  African History and the Swahili language. 

  • Specialist’s degree in history in 1975 with a dissertation on Ugandan national historiography.  

  • 1975-1978 - Institute of World History of the then USSR Academy of Sciences, post-graduate student. 

  • 1980 -  Ph.D. with the dissertation on transformation of traditional institutions in Uganda under colonialism.  

  • 1994 - second doctoral (Dr. of  Science) degree with the dissertation on the history of German settlers’ community in SWA/Namibia since 1862 to 1990.  

Positions

1980 – present day : junior researcher, researcher, senior researcher, leading researcher, main researcher - Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences 
1990-2012 : part-time associate professor, professor  - Oriental College of Moscow Lomonossow University 
2010 – present day: part-time professorState University of Humanities at the  Russian Academy of Sciences. 

Main Publications

  • African Rulers and Chiefs in Uganda . Evolution of Traditional Rulers under Colonialism). 1862-1962. Moscow, 1986,  276 p.- in Russian.
  • Civilizers in the country of savages? Formation and Evolution of German  Settlers Community in SWA/Namibia). 1814-1990. Moscow, 1996, 282 p. - in Russian 
  • Archival Sources  in Swahili on Modern and Contemporary history of Africa in German Archives. Moscow, 2002, 69 p. – in Russian and Swahili. 
  • Through Africa in search of Russia. Traveler’s notes of a Historian. Moscow, 2004 and 2012, 146 p.  - in Russian 
  • Modern and contemporary History of Tropical and Southern Africa . Moscow, 2008, 272 p.  - in Russian 
  • Black Africa and Europe: some aspects of encounter of cultures under colonial rule. Moscow, 2015, 220 p.  - in Russian 
  • Black Africa: past and Present. Moscow, 2016, 688 p. Editor-in-chief and author of 12 paragraphs.  - in Russian 
  • Modern and Contemporary History of Namibia. Together with A.V.Pritvorov and S.A.SlipchenkoMoscow, 1993, 255 p. - in Russian. 
  • At the Great African Lakes. Monarchs and Presidents of Uganda. Moscow, 1989, 208 p. - in Russian.(English translation prepared for print in Africa) 

About 200 articles on African history, Soviet and Russian historiography of Africa and Soviet-African relations. 

Balezin Alexander Sc.
Balezin Alexander Sc.
Birth date: 18 December 1952