Victor Petrov is a historian of modern Europe. His focus is on the eastern part of the continent, and the Balkans more specifically. He just published a book on the socialist bloc’s biggest computer industry, situated in Bulgaria, which combines the histories of technology and political economy with that of the Cold War and the modern Balkans. This book challenges our concepts of backwardness, the importance of small states in large geopolitical systems, the nature of the Iron Curtain, and the concept of 1989 as a convenient end-point in the history of communism. This small Balkan state utilized its unique advantages to not only gain huge markets, but transform its own social make-up and political thinking. Based on Bulgarian, Indian, and Russian archives and interviews, it is both a local and a global study of a little known part of the 20th century.
Research Interests: histories of the information society on both sides of the Iron Curtain, and the histories of failures and utopias. Recently; place of mountains in the long term development of Balkan states.