Senior Lecturer in Russian History, University of Exeter

My research focuses on Russian history during the late Imperial and revolutionary periods. My first book focused on the role of elite groups, such as nobles, officers and landowners, in the revolutionary process; Defenders of the Motherland: The Tsarist Elite in Revolutionary Russia (Oxford University Press, 2010), whilst I'm guest editor of a special issue of Historical Research commemorating the centenary of 1917.

My next book will use a study of revolutionary tribunals during Russia's civil war (1917-22) to examine changing definitions of crime during this period, the interaction between state and society, and the role of law and violence in the formation of the Soviet state. Future projects include a study of the nobility in Imperial Russia (1613-1917) and an examination of the historical and international influences on the Russian Revolution.


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    Senior Lecturer in Russian History, University of Exeter