Recent Commons Activity


Broadly speaking, my research work has encompassed two major areas to date.

The first of these is the radical right in late imperial Russia. This was the subject of my first monograph, titled The Radical Right in Late Imperial Russia: Dreams of a True Fatherland? (Routledge, 2016) The work assessed the changing social dynamics of the populist-nationalist radical right as it emerged in the early twentieth century in Russia. Key concepts examined were national identity, the use of anti-Semitism and the adoption of violence by the major groups assessed. I also considered the civic society projects of the far right and their approach to renewing Russia in the late imperial period, which many of their activists saw as a time of degeneration and decay. This is also something I have explored in research articles.

My current research is on martyrdom and martyrology in revolutionary Russia. I am most interested in the wave of martyrdoms on both right and left that emerged in the era of mass violence around the 1905 revolution in Russia, but I will contextualize the project more broadly – cases I have examined span from 1881 to 1917. The project will explore the intersections between these violent, noble deaths that emerged in public life in the late imperial period. I have started the primary research for this, which I hope will form the basis of my second book, and research articles in the future.

More recently I have become interested in the history of sport and physical culture in late imperial Russia. I published an article in Slavonic and East European Review on the Sokol movement, and I envisage future research in this area.

I have a broad range of teaching experience in European and world history but my primary focus is always the history of modern Russia. My current teaching consists of a number of modules on Russian history from the early nineteenth century to the present day, and a team-taught module on the radical right. I would be pleased to supervise students on aspects of modern Russian history.


University of East Anglia, Ph.D. Modern Russian History, 2014

University of East Anglia, MA Modern European History, 2010

University of East Anglia, BA History, 2009

Other Publications


The Radical Right in Late Imperial Russia: Dreams of a True Fatherland? (Routledge, 2016).


‘The Sokol movement in late imperial Russia’, The Slavonic and East European Review, Vol. 95, No. 3 (July 2017), pp. 504-28.


‘Revolt from the Right: Russia’s Right-Wing Students Between Conservatism and Radicalism’, European History Quarterly, Vol. 47, No. 1 (January 2017), pp. 32-54.


‘Rightist Ritual, Memory and Identity Commemoration in Late Imperial Russia’, Revolutionary Russia, Vol. 28, No. 1 (June 2015), pp. 22-47.


Book chapters

‘The Limits of Nationalist Imagination in the Poltava and Bessarabia Ceremonials in the Russian Empire’, in T. Otte (ed.), The Age of Anniversaries. The Cult of Commemoration, 1895-1925 (London: Routledge, 2018), pp. 101-125.

Blog Posts


    Associate member of the Association of Slavonic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)

    Member of the British Association for Slavonic and Eastern European Studies (BASEES)

    Member of the Study Group of the Russian Revolution (SGRR)

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    George Gilbert

    Profile picture of George Gilbert


    Active 5 years, 5 months ago