hansen chair in history, university of melbourne

Soviet History




School of Historical and Philosophical Studies
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Historian of the Soviet Union

Mark Edele is a historian of the Soviet Union and its successor states, in particular Russia. He is the inaugural Hansen Chair in History at The University of Melbourne as well as an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. He was trained as a historian at the Universities of Erlangen, Tübingen, Moscow and Chicago. His publications include Soviet Veterans of the Second World War (2008), Stalinist Society (2011), Stalin’s Defectors (2017), Shelter from the Holocaust: Rethinking Jewish Survival in the Soviet Union (with Atina Grossmann and Sheila Fitzpatrick, 2017), and The Soviet Union. A Short History (2018). He is currently working on three books: a historiography of Stalinism, a history of Stalinism at war, and (with Martin Crotty and Neil Diamant) a global history of war veterans.

Key Research Areas

Soviet Union in the Second World War, historiography, Stalinism, war and post-war Soviet society, war and displacement, History of veterans (Soviet and comparative).

Latest news

Two versions of my essay on Armando Ianucci's Death of Stalin, March 2018. On Pursuit and in The Conversation

Interview with ABC News 24 on Skripal case and expulsion of Russian diplomats, 27 March 2018.

Stalin's Defectors (OUP 2017) has been reviewed in The Guardian and Times Higher Education


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