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 works, both in English and Russian. This website (russiasgreatwar.org) is aimed at non-scholarly audiences.


Between 8-31 June 2012, RGWR's international team of scholars and researchers gathered on the campus of the University of Wisconsin, Madison for a capstone conference focusing on the project's progress to date, current status, and upcoming events. During the course of the three-week session, project managers and editorial members discussed and evaluated more than 150 essays papers submitted in consideration for inclusion in the RGWR series of print volumes.

In support of RGWR's scholarly mission and publishing program, project participants will continue to hold roundtable sessions and themed research panels at international academic conferences. Recent past meetings have included:

  • Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEES)
    • New Orleans, USA, November 2012
    • Washington, DC, USA, November 2011
    • Los Angeles, USA, November 2010
    • Boston, USA, November 2009
    • Philadelphia,USA, November 2008
  • British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES)
    • University of Cambridge, UK, Easter 2010
    • University of Cambridge, UK, March 2009
  • Study Group on the Russian Revolution (SGRR)
    • Queen’s University, Belfast, January 2010
    • Queen’s University, Belfast, January 2009
    • University of Aberdeen, UK, January 2008
  • International Council for Central and East European Studies (ICCEES)
    • VIII World Congress, Stockholm, July 2010

Our Publication Plan

The RGWR series of edited volumes will be produced by Slavica Publishers. Our estimated schedule for final editing and production is:

  • December 2012 - Submission deadline for revised chapters
  • Spring 2013 - Submission of book-manuscripts for peer evaluation
  • Summer 2014 - Publication of first two series volumes ("Culture")

Submission Guidleines

The deadline for submitting proposals has passed.


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 Dr. David McDonald, Dr. John Steinberg or Dr. Anthony Heywood.

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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