Russia's Great War & Revolution Series
Series: Russia’s Great War and Revolution
Editors: Anthony Heywood, David MacLaren McDonald, John W. Steinberg
For most of the twentieth century Russia’s Great War of 1914-18 was a historical afterthought. Overshadowed by the Bolsheviks’ revolution, the Civil War, and the consolidation of Soviet power, the First World War suffered from relative neglect within professional scholarship, as Soviet and Western experts alike focused their energy on explaining either the decline and fall of the autocracy or the origins and rise of Russian Communism.
Since the early 1990s, however, researchers in Russia and elsewhere have started to re-examine and re-evaluate the war’s significance and meaning in the history of that state and society. Encouraged by the opening of access to the Russian archives and freed from the ideological baggage of earlier historical debates, they have begun to investigate and reassess Russia’s Great War not simply as a prelude to “Red October,” but in its own right. Increasingly, the war is seen as the fulcrum which set into motion a chain of events that transformed Eurasia and much of the world. Instead of treating “1917” as a watershed moment in Russian and global history, many scholars now perceive a "continuum of crisis" between 1914 and the early 1920s.
In the years preceding the one-hundredth anniversary of the First World War interest in Russia’s involvement became much more engaged not just among scholars, but also in public discussions among Russian leaders and citizens. The centennial of the war’s outbreak also challenged historians of Russia to raise public awareness of Russia's contributions to the Great War and of the war’s impacts on Russia. In response, Slavica’s series “Russia's Great War and Revolution” was conceived in 2006 as a long-term project to promote and disseminate such research. With over 250 contributing authors from across the globe and a projected total of 11 volumes with 20 individual books, it has become unquestionably the biggest multinational scholarly effort to mark the War’s centennial in relation to Russia. It seeks to provide readers of English with a broader understanding of the war’s place in Russian history and, as important, the place of Russia’s involvement in the history of the Great War and its consequences.
Volumes in Print
Vol.2 Empire and Nationalism
Vol.3 The Home Front
Vol.4 The Far East
Vol.5 Military Affair (book 1 – Military experiences)
Vol.6 The Global Impacts of the Russian Revolution
Vol.7 Central Powers
Vol.5 Military Affairs (book 2 - the Civil War; book 3 - the First World War)
Vol.8 International Affairs
Science, Technology, Environment and Medicine
Personal Journeys (1917 and biographies)
Review of Book 1 in Acta Historica Universitatis Klaipedensis, vol. 32.
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...
This book is one of a two-part collection of original essays on the cultural history of Russia from the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 to the establishment of the Soviet Union in 1922. The chapters in both parts of Russian Culture in War and Revolution represent the work of an...