About the Project

Our goal is to mark the centenary of the 1917 Russian revolution by producing a comprehensive scholarly reappraisal of Russia’s world-changing experience of war and revolution between 1914 and the early 1920s.

We are developing a worldwide community of over 200 scholars collaborating in this project, to maximize the use of archival resources for new research and to synthesize historical research with work in allied disciplines like war and cultural studies.

Seven core organizational themes define our project: military affairs, the "arc of revolution" (countries surrounding the Russian Empire as of 1914), international affairs, Central Powers, the home front, empire, and culture.

We expect to produce several edited books covering each of these themes. The first two volumes, devoted to wartime culture, are on track to appear in Summer 2014. In each case we will highlight the experience of 1914–17 and attempt to assess the impact on Russia’s subsequent development up to the early 1920s.

The main audiences for these books will be professional historians and students. We aim to publish these work in both English and Russian. This website (russiasgreatwar.org) is aimed at non-scholarly audiences.

The Project Team

We have assembled an international collective of over 40 leading Russian, American, British and other historians. The current composition of our team, in alphabetical order, is:

Project managers/general editors

Heywood, Anthony Professor of Modern European History University of Aberdeen, UK
McDonald, David Mortenson-Petrovich Professor of History University of Wisconsin (Madison), USA
Steinberg, John Chair, Department of History Austin Peay State University, USA

Military

Airapetov, Oleg Associate Professor of Russian History Moscow State University, Russia
Ganin, Andrei Senior Researcher, Institute of Slavic Studies Russian Academy of Sciences
Heywood, Anthony Professor of Modern European History University of Aberdeen, UK
Kolonitskii, Boris Professor of History European University, St. Petersburg / Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Marshall, Alex Senior Lecturer in History University of Glasgow, UK
Menning, Bruce Professor of Strategy US Army Command and General Staff College, USA
Steinberg, John Chair, Department of History Austin Peay State University, USA
Stoff, Laurie Senior Honors Faculty Fellow Arizona State University, USA
Stone, David Picket Professor of Military History Kansas State University, USA
Swain, Geoffrey Alec Nove Professor of Russian and East European Studies University of Glasgow, UK

Arc of Revolution

Chatterjee, Choi Professor of History California State University, Los Angeles
Marks, Steven Professor of History Clemson University, USA
Marshall, Alex Senior Lecturer in History University of Glasgow, UK
Sabol, Steve Associate Professor of History; Editor, Journal of First World War Studies University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA
Steinberg, John Chair, Department of History Austin Peay State University

International

Hughes, Michael Professor of Russian and International History Lancaster University, UK
McDonald, David Mortenson-Petrovich Professor of History University of Wisconsin (Madison), USA
Schimmelpennick van der Oye, David Professor of History Brock University, Canada
Budnitskii, Oleg Professor of History; Director, Center for the History and Sociology of WWII National Research University Higher School of Economics

Central Powers

Deak, John Assistant Professor University of Notre Dame, USA
Perry, Heather Associate Professor of History University of North Carolina (Charlotte), USA
Sencer, Emre Assistant Professor of History Knox College,USA
Dornik, Wolfram Researcher Ludwig Boltzman Institute for Research on the Consequences of War, Austria

Home front

Badcock, Sarah Associate Professor of History University of Nottingham, UK
Lindenmeyr, Adele Professor of History Villanova University, USA
Novikova, Liudmila Associate Professor of History National Research University Higher School of Economics
Read, Christopher Professor of Twentieth-Century European History University of Warwick, UK
Retish, Aaron Associate Professor of History Wayne State University, USA
Waldron, Peter Professor of European History University of East Anglia, UK

Empire I (Western borderlands, Caucasus, Central Asia)

von Hagen, Mark Professor of History Arizona State University, USA
Lohr, Eric Associate Professor of History American University, USA
Semenov, Alex Professor, Chair, Department of History; Editor, Ab Imperio National Research University-Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg, Russia
Tolz, Vera Sir William Mather Professor of Russian Studies University of Manchester, UK

Empire II (Far East, Japan)

Shishkin, Vladimir Professor of History Novosibirsk University, Russia
Sunderland, Willard Associate Professor of History University of Cincinnati, USA
Wolff, David Professor of History Hokkaido University, Japan
Yokote, Shinje Professor of Political Science Keio University, Japan

Culture

Frame, Murray Senior Lecturer in History University of Dundee, UK
Kolonitskii, Boris Professor of History European University, St. Petersburg / Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Marks, Steven Professor of History Clemson University, USA
Stockdale, Melissa Associate Professor of History University of Oklahoma, USA

New Media (electronic books, long-term website)

Palmer, Scott W. Professor of History Western Illinois University, USA
Perkins, Jonathan Director, Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center University of Kansas, USA

Advisory Committee

Acton, Edward Professor of Modern European History University of East Anglia, UK
Borisenok, Iurii Editor, Rodina Rodina, Russia
Heywood, Anthony Professor of Modern European History University of Aberdeen, UK
Horne, John Professor of Modern European History Trinity College, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Leidinger, Hannes Professor of History University of Vienna, Austria
Lieven, Dominic Professor of Russian Government London School of Economics, UK
McDonald, David Mortenson-Petrovich Professor of History University of Wisconsin (Madison), USA
Mironenko, Sergei Director, State Archive of the Russian Federation (GARF) GARF, Moscow, Russia
Pomeranz, William Deputy Director Kennan Institute, USA
Smele, Jonathan Senior Lecturer in History University of London, UK
Steinberg, John Chair, Department of History Austin Peay State University, USA
Swain, Geoffrey Alec Nove Professor of Russian and East European Studies University of Glasgow, UK

Donations

Our fund-raising priorities are:

  • The translation into English of all Russian and other contributions not originally written in English
  • The translation into Russian of all contributions not originally written in Russian
  • The electronic version of our books and the russiasgreatwar.org website

If you would like to support the project financially or in kind, please contact one of the project managers listed above.

Our Sponsors

Russia’s Great War & Revolution, 1914-1922 is made possible thanks, in part, to the generous support and assistance of the following institutions and individuals:

  • Austin
  • British Academy
  • British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies
  • Clemson University
  • Deutsches Historiches Institut Moskau
  • Great Britain-Japan Sasakawa Foundation
  • Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies
  • Slavica Publishers
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Dundee
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Scott R. Jacobs
  • Susan Carmel Lehrman
  • Adele Lindenmeyr, Ph.D.
  • Martin Pearce Translation

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