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RGWR Call for Proposals: Science, Technology, the Environment, Engineering, and Medicine

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

RGWR Project Team members are interested in producing a stand-alone volume on “Science, Technology, the Environment, Engineering, and Medicine” (STEEM) and seek to identify individuals willing to contribute an original essay to the collection. Essays may involve any aspect of the history/culture of STEEM (broadly construed) across Russia and Eurasia between c. 1914-1922.

Younger scholars, including recent ABDs, are particularly encouraged to participate. Non-native English-speaking colleagues are welcome to submit their essays in their native language.

Deadline for the delivery of initial essay drafts is: 1 February 2017. Following the process of peer-review, revision, and editing the final volume is expected to appear by November 2018.

Those interested in participating the project should contact Dr. Scott W. Palmer through this website.


Project Update

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Editorial work on the RGWR print volumes is moving forward and on schedule. Our first two books (focusing on “Culture” during the period 1914-1922) are expected to go to press this summer with a publication target of July 2014. Two additional books are slated for publication in the autumn of 2014 — the subject areas of those books will be determined in the coming months as editorial teams and authors wrap up final drafts.

Thereafter we expect to publish four books per year during the period 2015-17, with the final book appearing in early 2018. As due dates near, we will be releasing additional information, including Tables of Contents and select excerpts, here at

Stay tuned!

P.S. If you are contributing a chapter and need further information, please contact your volume editor.


Slavica Publishers to produce RGWR volumes

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

The project mangers and general editors of Russia’s Great War and Revolution are pleased to announce that they have recently concluded negotiations with Slavica Publishers for the production and sale of the RGWR series of edited volumes.

A division of Indiana University since 1997, Slavica is the leading U.S. press specializing in the publication of scholarly monographs, textbooks, and other works devoted to Slavic and East European Studies and the field of Slavic Languages and Literatures. In addition to its highly regarded booklists, Slavica is home to a number of academic journals including the leading interdisciplinary quarterly Kritika: Exploration in Russian and Eurasian History.

Under the terms of the agreement, Slavica will publish each of the RGWR series’ volumes covering six broad themes: 1. Military affairs; 2. Borderlands and conflict; 3. International affairs; 4. Home Front; 5. Empire (including Siberia and the Far East); 6. Culture. At present, project managers estimate that the series will encompass a total of seventeen individual books.

To ensure the widest possible availability all books in the RGWR series will be sold in affordable paperback editions as well as in electronic form. Each chapter appearing in the series will also be available for individual e-purchase through the online database Project Muse.

At present, project managers expect the first RGWR volume to appear in late 2013 with the last books in the series targeted for publication in 2016 or 2017.


New in Books: Images of the Imperial Family during the First World War

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Russian-speaking visitors to may be interested to learn of the recent release of an important new book “Трагическая эротика”: образы императорской семьи в годы Первой мировой войны. (“Tragic Erotica: Images of the Imperial Family during the First World War) by Boris Kolonitskii. Kolonitskii is Professor of History at the European University in St. Petersburg, Russia and co-author of Interpreting the Russian Revolution: The Language and Symbols of 1917.

Tragic-EroticaTragic Erotica” examines the representations and war-time activities of Tsar Nicholas II and members of the Imperial family that aimed to foster popular adoration and a sense of patriotism among their subjects. The book draws upon a wide variety of sources, including petitions, diaries, contemporary correspondence, and the criminal proceedings of individuals accused of insulting the autocratic family.

From the publisher’s description:

Верноподданным российского императора следовало не только почитать своего государя, но и любить его. Император и члены его семьи должны были своими действиями пробуждать народную любовь. Этому служили тщательно продуманные ритуалы царских поездок и церемоний награждения, официальные речи и неформальные встречи, широко распространявшиеся портреты и патриотические стихи. В годы Первой мировой войны пробуждение народной любви стало важнейшим элементом монархически-патриотической мобилизации российского общества. Б.И.Колоницкий изучает, как пытались повысить свою популярность члены императорской семьи – Николай II, императрица Александра Федоровна, Верховный главнокомандующий великий князь Николай Николаевич, вдовствующая императрица Мария Федоровна. Автор исследует и восприятие образов Романовых. Среди многочисленных источников, на основе которых написана книга, – петиции, дневники и письма современников, материалы уголовных дел против людей, обвиненных в заочном оскорблении членов царской семьи.


New in Books: All the Tsar’s Men

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

In addition to providing information regarding progress on the RGWR edited volumes and alerting visitors to updates on this site, the News section is intended to help publicize and support the work being undertaken by academic historians.

From time to time, we’ll be posting announcements regarding new books and on-line resources relating, broadly, to the history of Russia’s Great War, Revolution, and Civil War. This is one of those times. is pleased to note the release of John Steinberg’s All the Tsar’s Men: Russia’s General Staff and the Fate of the Empire, 1898–1914, recently published by Johns Hopkins University Press in conjunction with the Woodrow Wilson Center Press.

From the publisher’s site:

All the Tsar’s Men examines how institutional reforms designed to prepare the Imperial Russian Army for the modern battlefield failed to prevent devastating defeats in both the 1905 Russo-Japanese War and World War I. John W. Steinberg argues that the General Staff officers who devised new educational and doctrinal reforms had the experience, dedication, and leadership skills to defend the empire in the new age of warfare but were continually impeded by institutionalized inefficiency and rigid control from their superiors. These officers, he explains, were operating within a command structure unwilling to grant them the autonomy necessary to effect significant reform, which proved disastrous for the army and—ultimately— the empire.”

Early last month, Steinberg conducted an extended telephone interview with Marshal Poe for the latter’s terrific New Books in History website. To listen to an MP3 audio recording of the interview, click here.