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Dr George Gilbert 

Lecturer in Modern Russian History, Student Liaison and Communications

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Dr George Gilbert is a Lecturer in Modern Russian 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.

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Broadly speaking, my research 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.

My current research is on martyrdom and martyrology in revolutionary Russia. I am most interested in the wave of martyrdoms on both right and left that emerged in the era of mass violence around the 1905 revolution in Russia, but I will contextualize the project more broadly – cases I have examined span from 1881 to 1917. The project will explore the intersections between these violent, noble deaths that emerged in public life in the late imperial period. I have started the primary research for this, which I hope will form the basis of my second book, and research articles in the future.

More recently I have become interested in the history of sport and physical culture in late imperial Russia. I published an article in Slavonic and East European Review on the Sokol movement, and I envisage future research in this area.

I have a broad range of teaching experience in European and world history but my primary focus is always the history of modern Russia. My current teaching consists of a number of modules on Russian history from the early nineteenth century to the present day, and a team-taught module on the radical right. I would be pleased to supervise students on aspects of modern Russian history.


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