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Dr George Gilbert 

Lecturer in Twentieth-Century (Non-British) History, Group Project Coordinator; Social Media Officer

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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.





Broadly speaking, my work has encompassed two major areas to date.

The first of these is the radical right in late imperial Russia. This was the subject of my first monograph, titled The Radical Right in Late Imperial Russia: Dreams of a True Fatherland? (Routledge, 2016) The work assessed the changing social dynamics of the populist-nationalist radical right as it emerged in the early twentieth century in Russia. Key concepts examined were national identity, the use of anti-Semitism and the adoption of violence by the major groups assessed. I also considered the civic society projects of the far right and their approach to renewing Russia in the late imperial period, which many of their activists saw as a time of degeneration and decay. This is also something I have explored in research articles.

Secondly, I am building on my long-standing interests in nationalism, national identity and commemorative culture for a new project assessing religious, political and dynastic martyrdoms in late imperial Russia. As I currently see it, the project will examine cases of martyrdom from between 1881 and 1917, including examples from radical political groups on the right and left as well as the autocracy. I have started the primary research for this, which I hope will form the basis of my second book.

Much more recently I have become interested in the history of sport and physical culture in late imperial Russia, and I intend to explore this in the form of research-based articles.




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