Sarah Badcock

January 26 2017

Kaleidoscopes of revolution: Russia’s 1917 revolutions in regional perspective. Please register on Eventbrite here.

A series of recent studies have illuminated the course of Russia’s revolutions in the Empire’s regions, away from the capitals of Petrograd and Moscow. This talk will explore what these regional studies have contributed to the ways we understand the broader narratives of 1917. In particular, we will address questions of agency and political power, popular and state violence, and the impact of war. There will be a focus on the ways in which these studies have brought Russia’s ‘ordinary people’ into the picture. Russia’s rural dwellers made up the vast majority of the population, and these local studies enable us to explore their understandings and experiences, and to challenge understandings about power and agency in the revolutionary period.


Sarah Badcock is associate Professor in history at the University of Nottingham. She completed her joint honours Bachelor of Arts in History and Roman Civilisation at the University of Leeds in 1995, and her Masters and PhD at the University of Durham. Her research focuses on Russia in the late Imperial and revolutionary periods. She is interested in comparative perspectives on questions of punishment, free and unfree labour, and penal cultures. Her most recent book, A prison without walls? Eastern Siberian exile in the last years of Tsarism will be published by Oxford University Press in November 2016. She spent several years researching ordinary people’s experiences of the Russian revolution. This research culminated in a book published by Cambridge University Press in 2007, Politics and the People in Revolutionary Russia; A provincial history. Badcock’s interest in regional perspectives on the Russian revolutions continued with a collaborative project, and she recently published an edited collection of essays exploring Russia’s revolutions from regional perspective, along with her friends and colleagues Liudmila Novikova (Higher School of Economics, Moscow) and Aaron Retish (Wayne State University), entitled Russian Home Front In War And Revolution, 1914-22: Book 1. Russia’s Revolution In Regional Perspective. This book is part of a broader series, Russia’s Great War and Revolution, 1914-1922.   University web page

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