Russia's Great War & Revolution Series


As the one-hundredth anniversary of the First World War approaches, public attention will increasingly turn to The Great War’s significance in shaping human history. Centennial commemorations will provide scholars with a singular opportunity to engage and educate general audiences regarding the conflict and its meanings. This is an opportunity of particular importance for historians of Russia.

For most of the twentieth century Russia’s Great War was a historical afterthought. Overshadowed by the Bolsheviks’ revolution, Civil War, and consolidation of power, the War took a back seat within professional scholarship as both Soviet and Western experts focused their energy on explaining the origins and rise of Russian Communism. In recent years a new generation of researchers has begun to re-examine and re-evaluate the significance and meaning of the War. Buttressed by new archival findings and freed from the ideological baggage of earlier historical debates they have begun to analyze Russia’s Great War not as a prelude to “Red October,” but as the fulcrum which set into motion a chain of events that transformed Eurasia and much of the world.

Russia's Great War and Revolution is a decade-long multinational scholarly effort that aims to fundamentally transform understanding of Russia’s "continuum of crisis" during the years 1914-1922. The project at Russia's Great War incorporates new research methods, archival sources, and multiple media formats to re-conceptualize critical concepts and events and to increase public awareness of Russia's contributions to the history of the twentieth century.




Book Reviews

Review of Book 1 in Acta Historica Universitatis Klaipedensis, vol. 32.

Planned Volumes:

Central Powers

International Affairs


Science, Technology, Environment and Medicine

Personal Journeys (1917 and biographies)


This volume features new research on the critical effects of World War I and the Russian Revolution and Civil War in Northeast Asia, a broad region that has historically included the Russian Far East, Mongolia, China, Korea, and Japan. Drawing together noted international specialists, the...

Christopher Read, Peter Waldron, and Adele Lindenmeyr (eds.)

For soldiers on the Great War’s Western Front the term home front suggested a degree of coziness, a place of retreat from the horrors of battle visualized by the poet Rupert Brooke in idyllic terms shortly before the war, a place where the “lilac is in bloom” and “is there honey still for tea?”...


This book presents original research by an international group of scholars on the social history of Russia across the period of World War I, the 1917 revolutions, and the Civil War. The essays document how the inhabitants of Russia’s multinational empire mobilized in 1914 in response to the...

xx + 404

This book presents a series of essays from leading international scholars that expand our understanding of the Russian Revolution through the detailed study of specific localities. Answering the important question of how locality affected the revolutionary experience, these essays provide...

Eric Lohr, Vera Tolz, Alexander Semyonov, and Mark von Hagen, eds.
xiii + 288

This volume brings together a group of prominent scholars from Russia, Europe, and the United States to examine how the cataclysmic clash of the Russian Empire with its three imperial neighbors and its aftermath changed the empire and spurred the rapid radicalization of nationalism. Many of the...