Professor David Saunders
Professor of Russian history
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- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6493
- Address: School of History, Classics and Archaeology,
University of Newcastle upon Tyne,
Newcastle upon Tyne,
I introduced Russian history at Newcastle in 1979 and compulsory World History in 1998. Although my specialist interests are still in the history of the Russian Empire (and to a lesser extent the history of the Soviet Union), I have tried increasingly in recent years to relate what I know in detail to what I know in general terms about historical patterns in other parts of the world. Themes that particularly attract me include ethnicity, individuality, cross-cultural linkages, the environment, social interaction, and the consequences of the fact that genetic change is Darwinian in nature but cultural change Lamarckian.
Roles and Responsibilities
Professor of History of Russian Empire
MA, DPhil (Oxford)
British and American Slavic Studies organizations (BASEES, AAASS), Study Group on the Russian Revolution, World History Association
Honours and Awards
Antonovych Prize, 1986
Good Russian, some Ukrainian / Polish / French / German / Italian
Music (choral scholar and lay clerk, New College, Oxford, 1971-4, 1977-8; trustee, Tallis Scholars, 1983-2006)
All aspects of the history of the Russian Empire (1721-1917); some aspects of the history of the Soviet Union (1917-91); in particular Ukrainian-Russian relations, Anglo-Russian relations, Russian social history, and Russian-language historiography.
C19th-C20th general European history; World history
'Anglo-Russian Relations in Northern Waters, 1880-1930'. I am working on this project in the years 2004-6 whilst the AHRB Centre for North-East England History covers my teaching. My grant application promised seven papers by way of product, but a book may be possible instead or as well.
A general social history of the Russian Empire 1801-1917, perhaps turning in particular on the idea that long-term social changes which had been just about manageable prior to 1914 accelerated uncontrollably in the First World War, contributing significantly to the collapse of the regime. I gave a paper in the field of this project at the annual conference of BASEES (the British Slavic Studies organization) in 2005, and it is to be published in a forthcoming volume of essays.
I was Director of Research in the School of Historical Studies at its inception in 2002, gave up the position when I went on study leave, but could perhaps do the job again one day.
I saw a student through to the completion of her PhD in the field of Anglo-Russian relations in 2004, and would welcome more students in that area. The fact that I had an MLitt student who completed her degree in the field of C20th Spanish history in 2005 may be an indication that I am capable of supervising in the general field of modern European history. As my current research progresses, I should think I might become qualified to supervise in sub-fields of local (north-eastern) history, or even in certain aspects of modern British history as a whole. I would obviously be keen to supervise students in any aspect of Russian history from about 1700 to the present, in Ukrainian history, and in some sorts of the history of ideas (because of my interest in historiography).
I received something called the 'Antonovych Prize' ($5000) for my 1985 book. I have had many invitations to speak at foreign conferences (notably Warsaw 1995, where I had to give my paper twice; most recently Pittsburgh 2002). I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. My second book was translated into Italian. Three of my papers since 2001 have been translated into Ukrainian or Russian.
My largest individual grant was about £5000 in 1996 for study in Russia, but because I was about one-third responsible for Newcastle's part of the bid in 2000 which gave rise to the AHRB Centre for North-East England History (I largely wrote the section of the bid which described Newcastle's 'international' aspect of the Centre's activities), I claim some £30,000 (I have forgotten exactly how much) in the light of the success of that application.
I do not teach all of the following every year, but at Level 1 I am sometimes involved in Encounters in World History, where my particular interest lies in Environmental History, and in 'Themes in European History', where I teach the history of European Agriculture from about 500 AD to the present. At Level 2 I teach Russian history from Ivan the Terrible to the present (four modules). At Level 3 I provide Special Subjects on the Russian Revolution of 1917 and Gorbachev (two modules), and supervise student dissertations.
I teach on our MA in European History, and I welcome research students in all fields of Russian history, in particular social history, questions of ethnicity, historiography, and Anglo-Russian connections.
- Saunders D. Challenge, Decline and Revival: The Fortunes of Pacifism in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Newcastle. Northern History 2017, 54(2), 1-16.
- Saunders D. Icebreakers in Anglo-Russian Relations (1914-21). International History Review 2016, 38(4), 814-829.
- Saunders D. A Russian Consul in Newcastle upon Tyne: Baron Al'fons Al'fonsovich Geiking (1860-1930) and Anglo-Russian Connections at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century. Slavonica 2014, 20(2), 96-113.
- Saunders D. An Anglo-Russian Critic of the Abolition of Serfdom. Slavonic and East European Review 2014, 92(2), 255-283.
- Saunders D. Charles Mitchell, Tyneside and Russia's First Ironclads. Northern History 2011, 48(1), 75-95.
- Hionidou V, Saunders D. Exiles and pioneers: Oral Histories of Greeks deported from the Caucasus to Kazakhstan in 1949. Europe-Asia Studies 2010, 62(9), 1479-1501.
- Saunders D. The Political and Social Order. In: Leatherbarrow, W; Offord, D, ed. A History of Russian Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp.17-43.
- Saunders D. The papers of W. E. Adams (1832–1906). Historical Research 2009, 82(215), 176-180.
- Saunders D. The Russian Imperial Authorities and Yevhen Chykalenko's Rozmovy pro selske khoziaistvo. Journal of Ukrainian Studies 2008, 33-34, 417-427.
- Saunders D. The Starvation of Ukrainians in 1933: By-product or Genocide?. In: Lubomyr Y. Luciuk and Lisa Grekul, ed. Holodomor: Reflections on the Great Famine of 1932-1933 in Soviet Ukraine. Kingston, Ontario: Kashtan Press, 2008, pp.95-105.
- Saunders D. The First World War and the End of Tsarism. In: Thatcher, I.D, ed. Reinterpreting Revolutionary Russia: Essays in Honour of James D. White. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave, 2006, pp.55-71.
- Saunders DB. The 1905 Revolution on Tyneside. In: Jonathan D. Smele and Anthony Heywood, ed. The Russian Revolution of 1905: Centenary Perspectives. London: Routledge, 2005, pp.260-278.
- Saunders D. [book review] Culture, nation, and identity: The Ukrainian-Russian encounter (1600-1945). Slavic Review 2004, 63(4), 872-873.
- Saunders DB. A Russian Bebel Revisited: The Individuality of Heinrich Matthäus Fischer (1871-1935). Slavonic and East European Review 2004, 82(3), 625-654.
- Saunders D. Mykola Kostomarov (1817-1885) and the Creation of a Ukrainian Ethnic Identity. Slavonica 2001, 7(1), 7-24.
- Saunders D. A Pyrrhic Victory: The Russian Empire in 1848. In: Evans, R.J.W., Pogge von Strandmann, H, ed. The Revolutions in Europe 1848-1849: From Reform to Reaction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000, pp.135-55.
- Saunders D. P. A. Zaionchkovskii: High Society Subversive. Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 2000, 1(1), 167-181.
- Saunders DB. Regional Diversity in the Later Russian Empire. Transactions of the Royal Historical Society 2000, 10, 143-163.
- Saunders DB. Russia: the Balkans, and Ukraine in the 1870s. In: Brennan, C., Frame, M, ed. Russia and the Wider World in Historical Perspective: Essays for Paul Dukes. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000, pp.85-108.
- Saunders D. The static society: patterns of work in the later Russian Empire. In: Hosking, G., Service, R, ed. Reinterpreting Russia. London, UK: Edward Arnold, 1999, pp.126-141.
- Saunders D. The Soviet Compound. European History Quarterly 1998, 28(4), 539-550.
- Saunders D. Mikhail Katkov and Mykola Kostomarov: A Note on Petr A. Valuev's Anti-Ukrainian Edict of 1863. Harvard Ukrainian Studies 1996, 17(3/4), 365-383.
- Saunders D. Nikolai Petrovich Rumiantsev and the Russian Discovery of Belarus. In: Dingley, J., McMillin, A, ed. Occasional Papers in Belarusian Studies. unknown, 1995, pp.51-61.
- Saunders D. Russia and Ukraine under Alexander II - The Valuev Edict of 1863. International History Review 1995, 17(1), 23-50.
- Saunders D. Russia Ukranian Policy (1847-1905) - A demographic approach. European History Quarterly 1995, 25(2), 181-208.
- Saunders D. The Kirillo-Methodian Society. Slavonic and East European Review 1993, 71(4), 684-692.
- Saunders D. What makes a nation a nation? Ukrainians since 1600. Ethnic Groups 1993, 10(1), 101-124.
- Saunders D. Russia in the Age of Reaction and Reform 1801-1881. London & New York: Longman, 1992.
- Saunders D. Modern Ukranian History (II). European History Quarterly 1991, 21(1), 81-95.
- Saunders D. Britain and the Ukrainian Question (1912-1920). English Historical Review 1988, 103(406), 40-68.
- Saunders D. Modern Ukrainian History. European History Quarterly 1988, 18(4), 473-479.
- Saunders D. History teaching in late 18th Century Russia. British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 1987, 10(2), 139-151.
- Saunders D. Aliens in Britain and the Empire During the First World War. Immigrants and Minorities 1985, 4(1), 5-27.
- Saunders D. The Ukrainian Impact on Russian Culture 1750-1850. Edmonton, Alberta: Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, 1985.
- Saunders D. Tyneside and the making of the Russian Revolution. Northern History 1985, 21, 259-284.
- Saunders D. The political ideas of Russian historians. Historical Journal 1984, 27(3), 757-771.
- Saunders D. Aliens in Britain and the Empire During the First World War. In: Herd Thompson, J., Swyripa, F, ed. Loyalties in Conflict: Ukrainians in Canada During the Great War. Edmonton, Alberta: Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, 1983, pp.99-124.
- Saunders D. Busrtsev, Vladimir and the Russian Revolutionary Emigration 1888-1905. European Studies Review 1983, 13(1), 39-62.
- Saunders D. Memory and the Red Elephant. Sbornik 1983, 9, 86-92.
- Saunders D. Z. D. Chodakowski (1784-1825) and the Unity of Slavonic Culture. Nationalities Papers 1983, 11, 284-297.
- Saunders D. Historians and concepts of nationality in early 19th Century Russia. Slavonic and East European Review 1982, 60(1), 44-62.
- Saunders D. Contemporary Critics of Gogol's Vechera and the Debate about Russian narodnost' (1831-1832). Harvard Ukrainian Studies 1981, 5, 66-82.
- Saunders D. Stepniak and the London Emigration: Letters to Robert Spence Watson. Oxford Slavonic Papers 1980, 13, 80-93.