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Lecturer in 20th-century (Non-British) History, University of Southampton

Dr George Gilbert is a Lecturer in Twentieth-Century (Non-British) History at the University of Southampton.

Before coming to Southampton I held teaching posts at Balliol College, Oxford and at the University of East Anglia, where I completed all of my degrees. I am a historian of modern European and world history, though more specifically of late imperial Russia and the Soviet Union. My past research has included study of right-wing movements in early twentieth-century Russia; as well as continuing my explorations in the history of nationalism in the late imperial period, my current research interests include cases of religious and political martyrdom in late imperial Russia and the early Soviet Union. Linking these research topics are my broader interests in social and cultural history, and, in particular, themes of nationalism, national identity and commemorative culture.

I have a wide range of teaching experience in Russian history and modern European and world history more broadly. I have also taught on courses that assess themes of identity politics, gender and ritual in history, as well as several outline courses on the political and social history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century European and world history. I would be particularly interested in supervising students in aspects of modern Russian history.


  • –present
    Lecturer in 20th-century (Non-British) History, University of Southampton


  • 2014 
    University of East Anglia, Ph.D.
  • 2010 
    University of East Anglia, MA
  • 2009 
    University of East Anglia, BA (Hons.)


  • 2017
    The Limits of Nationalist Imagination in the Poltava and Bessarabia Ceremonials in the Russian Empire, The Age of Anniversaries: the Cult of Commemoration 1900-1920
  • 2017
    Revolt from the Right: Russia’s Right-Wing Students Between Conservatism and Radicalism, European History Quarterly
  • 2016
    The Radical Right in Late Imperial Russia: Dreams of a True Fatherland? , Routledge
  • 2015
    Rightist Ritual, Memory and Identity Commemoration in Late Imperial Russia, Revolutionary Russia

Professional Memberships

  • Study Group of the Russian Revolution
  • British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies
  • Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies