Last updated 2 April 2018

Publications

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Single authored books

Stalin's Defectors: How Red Army Soldiers became Hitler's Collaborators, 1941-1945 (Oxford University Press, 2017).

Stalinist Society 1928-1953. Part of the Oxford Histories series (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2011).

Soviet Veterans of the Second World War: A Popular Movement in an Authoritarian Society, 1941-1991 (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2008).

 

Edited books and special issues of journals

Shelter from the Holocaust: Rethinking Jewish Survival in the Soviet Union, edited with Atina Grossmann and Sheila Fitzpatrick (Wayne State University Press, 2017).

Displaced Persons: From the Soviet Union to Australia in the Wake of the Second World War, edited with Sheila Fitzpatrick. Special issue of History Australia 12, No. 2 (2015).

The Limits of Demobilisation, edited with Robert Gerwarth. Special issue of the Journal of Contemporary History 50, no. 1 (2015).

Totalitarian Dictatorship: New Histories, edited with Daniela Baratieri and Giuseppe Finaldi = Routledge Studies in Modern European History, vol 19 (New York: Routledge 2014).

War and Peace, Barbarism and Civilization in Modern Europe and Its Empires, edited with James Crossland and Giuseppe Finaldi, special issue of Australian Journal of Politics and History 58, No. 3 (2012).

 

Books (forthcoming)

The Soviet Union. A Short History. Wiley, 2018.

 

Articles (forthcoming)

"The Impact of War and the Costs of Superpower Status," The Oxford Handbook of Modern Russian History, ed. Simon Dixon, forthcoming 2017.

 

Articles (1) Contributions to peer reviewed edited collections

"Saved by Stalin? Trajectories of Polish Jews in the Soviet Second World War," with Wanda Warlik (part of Shelter from the Holocaust volume), forthcoming 2017.

"Shelter from the Holocaust: Rethinking Jewish Survival in the Soviet Union," with Sheila Fitzpatrick, John Goldlust, and Atina Grossmann. Part of Shelter from the Holocaust volume, forthcoming 2017.

The Cambridge History of the Second World War, 3 vols., vol. 2 ed. R. J. B. Bosworth and J. Maiolo. (Cambridge University Press, 2015), 487-506.

"Learning from the Enemy? Entangling Histories of the German-Soviet War, 1941-1945," in: Totalitarian Dictatorship: New Histories, ed. Daniela Baratieri, Mark Edele, and Giuseppe Finaldi (New York: Routledge, 2014).

"Beyond the Delusion: New Histories of Totalitarian Dictatorship," with Daniela Baratieri and Giuseppe Finaldi, in: Totalitarian Dictatorship: New Histories, ed. Daniela Baratieri, Mark Edele, and Giuseppe Finaldi (New York: Routledge, 2014).

"Militaries Compared: Wehrmacht and Red Army, 1941-45," A Companion to World War II, ed. Thomas Zeiler, vol. 1 (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), 169-85.

"Collective Action in Soviet Society: The Case of War Veterans," Writing the Stalin Era: Sheila Fitzpatrick and Soviet Historiography, ed. Kiril Tomoff, Julie Hessler, and Golfo Alexopoulos (Palgrave, 2011).

"States of Exception: The Soviet-German War as a System of Violence, 1939-1945," (with Michael Geyer, 50 %), Beyond Totalitarianism: Stalinism and Nazism Compared, ed. Sheila Fitzpatrick and Michael Geyer (New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009). Russian language edition: Za ramkami totalitarizma. Sravnitel'nye issledovaniia stalinizma i natsizma (Moscow: Rosspen, 2011), 453-519. Czech edition: Za obzor totalitarismu. Srovnání stalinismu na nacismu (Prague: Academia, 2012), 459-526.

"More than just Stalinists: The Political Sentiments of Victors 1945-1953," Late Stalinism: Society between Reinvention and Reconstruction ed. Juliane Fürst (London: Routledge, 2006).

 

Articles (2) essays in peer reviewed journals

"Fighting Russia's History Wars: Vladimir Putin and the Codification of World War II," History and Memory 29, No. 2 (2017): 90-124. 

"Not an Ordinary Man: Ivan Nikitich Kononov and the Problem of Frontline Defection from the Red Army, 1941-1945," Australian Journal of Politics and History 62, No. 4 (2016): 546-60.

"Violence from Below: Explaining Crimes against Civilians across Soviet Space. 1943-1947," with Filip Slaveski (50%), Europe-Asia Studies, 68, No. 6 (2016): 1020-1035.

"Take (No) Prisoners! The Red Army and German POWs, 1941–1943," The Journal of Modern History 88, No. 2 (2016): 342-379.

"World War II as a History of Displacement: The Soviet Case," History Australia 12, No. 2 (2015): 17-40.

"Displaced Persons: From the Soviet Union to Australia in the Wake of the Second World War," (with Sheila Fitzpatrick), History Australia 12, No. 2 (2015): 7-16.

"The Limits of Demobilization: Global Perspectives on the Aftermath of the Great War," (with Robert Gerwarth), Journal of Contemporary History 50, no. 1 (2015): 3-14.

"Towards a Sociocultural History of the Soviet Second World War," Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 15, No. 4 (2014): 829-35.

"The New Soviet Man as a 'Gypsy': Nomadism, War, and Marginality in Stalin's Time," REGION: Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia 3 No. 2 (2014): 285-307.

"'What are we fighting for?' Loyalty in the Soviet War Effort, 1941-1945," International Labor and Working Class History, 84 (2013): 248-68.

"Total War and Entitlement: Towards a Global History of Veteran Privilege," with Martin Crotty (50%), Australian Journal of Politics and History, 59, No. 1 (2013): 15-32.

"Stalinism as a Totalitarian Society: Geoffrey Hosking’s Socio-Cultural History," Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, 13, no. 2 (2012): 441-52.

"Veterans and the Welfare State: World War II in the Soviet Context," Comparativ. Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung 20, No. 6 (2010): 18-33.

"Veterans and the Village: Red Army Demobilization and Postwar Demography," Russian history/Histoire russe 36, no. 2 (2009): 159-82.

"Soviet Society, Social Structure, and Everyday Life: Major Frameworks Reconsidered," lead article for ex tempore discussion in Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 8, No. 2 (2007), 349-73; with answer by Jean-Paul Depretto, ibid., 375-88.

"Roundtable: What Is a School? Is There a Fitzpatrick School of Soviet History?" (with David Wolff, Jonathan Bone, Matthew Lenoe, and Ronald Suny) Acta Slavica Iaponica 24 (2007).

"Soviet Veterans as an Entitlement Group, 1945-1955," Slavic Review 65, no. 1 (2006): 111-137.

"Strange Young Men in Stalin's Moscow: The Birth and Life of the Stiliagi, 1945-1953," Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 50 (2002), 37-61.

"Paper Soldiers: The World of the Soldier Hero according to Soviet Wartime Posters," Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 47 (1999), 90-108.

 

Other contributions to peer reviewed journals

"Monitoring nauchnoi zhizni antropologicheskogo soobshchestva (2015 g.)," with M. D. Alekseevskii, S. A. Arutiunov, A. S. Arklhipova, T. V. Volodina, R. Gould, D. Iu. Doronin, L. M. Drobizheva, A. K. Kasatkina, V. B. Kolosova, I. V. Kuznetsov, D. F. Mishchenko, S. Iu, Nekliudov, A. A. Novik, M. M. Pirogovskaia, M. V. Stroganov, V. A. Tishkov, A. L. Toporkov, E. G. Trubina, V. I. Kharitonova," Antropologicheskii forum No. 25 (2015): 193-269.

"Istoriia i antropologiia za poslednie desiat' let," with Debra McDougall, Antropologicheskii forum No. 20 (2014): 121-132. Now also available in English in Forum for Anthropology and Culture, No. 10, 2014.

"War and Peace, Barbarism and Civilization in Modern Europe and Its Empires," with James Crossland and Giuseppe Finaldi, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 58, No. 3 (2012): 337-39 [editorial].

"Social History and Soviet Society," e-kritika discussion with Lewis Siegelbaum, Michael David-Fox, Yoram Gorlizki, and Randall A. Poole following the ex tempore article in the 2007 volume of Kritika.

 

Reviews (forthcoming)

Krieg der Täter. Die Massenerschiessungen von Katyn. By Claudia Weber. Hamburg, Hamburger Editionen, 2015, Slavic Review, forthcoming.

The Right to be Helped. Deviance, Entitlement, and the Soviet Moral Order. By Maria Cristina Galmarini-Kabala. DeKalb, NIU Press, 2016, The Soviet & Post-Soviet Review, forthcoming .

Demobilized Veterans in Late Stalinist Leningrad. Soldiers to Civilians. By Robert Dale. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015. In: Journal of Social History, forthcoming 51 No. 1 (Fall 2017).

 

For the Motherland! For Stalin! A Red Army Officer's Memoir of the Eastern Front. By Boris Bogachev. In: European History Quarterly 48, No. 1 (2018): 135-36.

"The Vagaries of Stalinist Science," [review of Simon Ings, Stalin and the Scientists], In: Australian Book Review (April 2017): 35.

"Imperial Fornication: A New History of Russia's Rulers," [review of Simon Sebag Montefiore, The Romanovs], In: Australian Book Review (September 2016): 30-32.

"No Simple Conflict. An Expert Overview of the Ukrainian conflict," [review of Serhy Yekelchyk, The Conflict in Ukraine. What Everyone Needs to Know], In: Australian Book Review (May 2016): 40-41.

Sacrificing Childhood. Children and the Soviet State in the Great Patriotic War. By Julie K. deGraffenried. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2014. In: Slavonic & East European Review 94, No. 2 (2016): 367-68.

"Unrevisionist revisionism. Stalin's team reconsidered," [review of Sheila Fitzpatrick, On Stalin’s Team. The Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics], In: Australian Book Review (April 2016): 9-11 [feature review, title page].

Stalinskie kommandos. Ukrainskie partizanskie formirovaniia 1941-1944. By Aleksandr Gogun. Moscow: Rosspen, 2012. In: Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 64, No. 1 (2016): 162-63.

"The Victor With a Grudge: Stalin for the Twenty–First Century," [review of Oleg Khlevniuk's and Stephen Kotkin's Stalin biographies], In: Australian Book Review (November 2015): 23-24.

Deportation und Zwangsarbeit. Polnische und sowjetische Kinder im nationalsozialistischen Deutschland und im besetzten Osteuropa 1939-1945. By Johannes-Dieter Steinert. Essen: Klartext Verlag, 2013. In: East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies II, No. 1 (2015): 181-83.

Kiev 1941. Hitler's Battle for Supremacy in the East. By David Stahel. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2012. In: Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas. jgo.e-reviews No. 2 (2015).

Dark trophies; Hunting and the enemy body in modern war. By Simon Harrison. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2012. In: Anthropological Forum 25, No. 1 (2015): 88-89.

Die Stalingrad Protokolle. Sowjetische Augenzeugen berichten aus der Schlacht. By Jochen Hellbeck. Trans. Christiane Körner and Annelore Nitschke, Frankfurt am Main: S. Fischer Verlag, 2012. In: The Journal of Modern History 86, No. 3 (2014): 739-740.

Na 'kraiu' sovetskogo obshchestva. Sotsial'nye marginaly kak ob''ekt gosudarstvennoi politiki 1945-1960-e gg. By Elena Zubkova and T. Iu. Zhukova. Moscow: Rosspen, 2010. In: Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas/ jgo.e-reviews (2014), 2.

The Shadow of War. Russia and the USSR, 1941 to the Present. By Stephen Lovell. Oxford: Whiley-Blackwell, 2010. In: The English Historical Review CXXIX, 537 (2014): 508-10.

Verbrannte Erde. Stalins Herrschaft der Gewalt. By Jörg Baberowski. Munich: C. H. Beck, 2012. In: Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 62, No 2 (2014): 313-16.

"Purging the Wartime USSR. A review of L’ épuration de guerre en URSS, à partir de l’exemple de la région de Kalinine, 1941-1953." (Purging the Wartime USSR: A Study of the Kalinin Region, 1941-1953), by Vanessa Voisin. Dissertation, University of Paris I: Panthéon-Sorbonne. 2011. In: dissertationreviews.org (5 May 2014).

Cultivating the Masses. Modern State Practices and Soviet Socialism. By David L. Hoffmann. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2011. In: Slavonic and East European Review 92, No. 1 (2014): 165-67.

Wehrmacht im Ostkrieg. Front und militärisches Hinterland 1941/42. By Christian Hartmann. 2nd. ed. Munich: R. Oldenbourg Verlag, 2010; Unternehmen Barbarossa. Der deutsche Krieg im Osten 1941-1945. By Christian Hartmann. Munich: C. H. Beck, 2011. In: Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 61, No. 3 (2013): 460-61.

Stalins Soldaten in Österreich. Die Innensicht der sowjetischen Besatzung 1945-1955. By Barbara Stelzl-Marx. Vienna and Munich: Böhlau Verlag and Oldenbourg Verlag, 2012. In: Slavic Review 72, No. 4 (2013): 903-4.

Motherland in Danger. Soviet Propaganda during World War II. By Karel C. Berkhoff. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2012. In: The American Historical Review 118, No. 2 (2013): 617-18.

Soviet Baby Boomers. An Oral History of Russia's Cold War Generation. By Donald J. Raleigh. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. In: REGION: Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia 1, No. 2 (2012): 315-17.

17 sentiabria 1939. Sovetsko-pol'skie konflikty 1918-1939. Voennye tainy XX veka. By M. I. Mel'tiukhov. Moscow: Veche, 2009. In: Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas/jgo.e-reviews 2012, 3: 27-29.

Biurokraticheskaia anarkhiia: Statistika i vlast' pri Staline. By Alain Blum and Martine Mespoulet. Moscow: Rosspen, 2008. In: Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas/jgo.e-reviews 2012, 3: 24-25.

Being Soviet. Identity, Rumour, and Everyday Life under Stalin 1939-1953. By Timothy Johnston. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. In: Slavic Review 71, No. 4 (2012): 947-48.

Stalin's Last Generation. Soviet Post-War Youth and the Emergence of Mature Socialism. By Juliane Fürst. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. In: Social History 37, No. 2 (2012): 234-36.

Shtrafbaty i zagradotriady Krasnoi Armii. By Vladimir Daines. Moscow: Eksmo, 2008. In: Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas / jgo.e-reviews 2012, 1: 64.

The Soviet Counterinsurgency in the Western Borderlands. By Alexander Statiev. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. In: European History Quarterly 42, No. 1 (2012): 196-97.

The Stalingrad Trilogy, vols. 1 & 2.  By David M. Glantz with Jonathan M. House. Lawrence, University Press of Kansas, 2009. In: New Zealand Slavonic Journal 45 (2011): 181-83.

Stories of the Soviet Experience. Memoirs, Diaries, Dreams. By Irina Paperno. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2009. In: Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 59, No. 3 (2011): 448-50.

The Hazards of Urban Life in Late Stalinist Russia. Health, Hygiene, and Living Standards, 1943-1953. By Donald Filtzer. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. In: The Russian Review 70, No. 3 (2011): 534-35.

The Great Patriotic War of the Soviet Union, 1941-45. A documentary reader. By Alexander Hill. London: Routledge, 2009. In: European History Quarterly 41, No. 2 (2011): 322-24.

To the Tashkent Station: Evacuation and Survival in the Soviet Union at War. By Rebecca Manley. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2009. In: The Journal of Modern History 83, No. 1 (2011): 233-35.

Popular Religion in Russia. "Double belief" and the making of an academic myth. By Stella Rock. London and New York: Routledge, 2007. In: Slavonic and East European Review 88, No. 4 (2010): 737-39.

Stalin's Guerrillas: Soviet Partisans in World War II. By Kenneth Slepyan. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2006. In: Slavic Review 69, No. 2 (2010): 511-12.

Revolution on my mind. Writing a diary under Stalin. By Jochen Hellbeck. Cambridge and London: Harvard University Press, 2006. In: Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 58, No. 2 (2010): 302-303.

Protivniki Rossii v voinakh XX veka. Evoliutsiia 'obraza vraga' v soznanii armii i obshchestva. By Elena Seniavskaia. Moscow: Rosspen, 2006. In: The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies, No. 9 (2009).

In Lubianka's Shadow: The Memoirs of an American Priest in Stalin's Moscow, 1934-1945. By L. Braun. Notre Dame, IN: University Press of Notre Dame. In: Slavonic and East European Review 87, vol. 1 (2009): 149-50.

Stalinismus in der Ukraine: Die Rekonstruktion des sowjetischen Systems nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg. By Katrin Boeckh. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2007. In: Slavic Review 67, No. 4 (2008): 1013-14.

The Legacy of the Siege of Leningrad, 141-1995: Myth, Memories, and Monuments. By Lisa A. Kirschenbaum. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. In: The Journal of Modern History 80, No. 3 (2008): 736-37.

Catherine Merridale, Ivan's War. Life and Death in the Red Army, 1939-1945 (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2006); and Aron Shneer, Plen. Sovetskie voennoplennye v Germanii, 1941-1945 (Moscow and Jerusalem: Mosty kultyry, Gesharim, 2005) in Kritika. Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 8, No. 1 (2007), 209-14.

The Leader Cult in Communist dictatorship. Stalin and the Eastern Bloc, ed. Balazs Apor et al. (Houndmills, Basingstoke: palgrave macmillan , 2005) and Personenkulte im Stalinismus. Personality Cults in Stalinism, ed. Klaus Heller and Jan Plamper (Göttingen: V & R unipress, 2004). In: H-Soz-u-Kult, 12.12.2005; reprinted in Historische Literatur 5, No. 4 (2005).

 

Other publications ("Publitsistika")

No laughing matter: Armando Iannucci's The Death of Stalin reveals the anxieties of team Putin, The Conversation (26 March 2018)

No Laughing Matter: The Death of Stalin and Putin's Anxieties. Russia's ban on the movie reveals how much the Kremlin fears losing its grip on power, Pursuit (26 March 2018) 

The legacies of the 'Russian' Revolution(s): World War II, OUPblog 4 December 2017 

Is the Russian Revolution Over Yet? Pursuit. The University of Melbourne. 8 November 2017. 

A Century after 1917: Why Should You Care about the Russian Revolution? Australian Book Review (October 2017): 10-15. 

¿Nos importa la Revolución Rusa un siglo después? La maleta de Port Bou,  (an earlier and substantively different version of what would become the ABR essay; in Spanish translation).

Vek spustia posle 1917: pochemu vas dolzhna zabotit' russkaia revoliutsiia? Neprikoznovennyi zapas No 115 (5/2017) (a slightly adjusted Russian translation of the ABR essay) 

"Friday essay; Putin, memory wars and the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution," The Conversation (9 February 2017).

"Russia still struggles with a violent past, 70 years after the defeat of Nazism," The Conversation (7 May 2015).

"In the bad books," part of the series "Heroes & Villains," ed. Michael Ondaatje, The Herald (Newcastle), 15 May 2010, A9.

 

Translations

Beyrau, Dietrich. "Brutalization Revisited: The Case of Russia," Journal of Contemporary History 50, No. 1 (2015): 15-37 [translated from German].