Acclaimed historian, and retired Alec Nove Chair in Russian and East European History at the University of Glasgow, Geoffrey Swain, has written extensively on the history of Russia and Eastern Europe during the twentieth century, in particular on Russia during the Civil War, Latvia during the first years of Soviet rule, and the career of Josip Broz Tito.
Esteemed for his pursuit of historical enquiry which went "against the grain" of commonly accepted views of communism in power, significantly, Swain also explored the strength or coherence of some of the alternatives that emerged to the paths actually taken, themes which, in their own way, run through this collection of essays, featuring contributions predominantly from papers delivered at the 7th CRCEES Research Forum in July 2015.
Honoring the critical tradition and at times contentious work of Geoffrey Swain, this volume comprises seven original articles offering alternative insights into the complexities of Russian, Yugoslav and Latvian history, which are complemented by three essays reviewing his work, it’s context and implications. This book was originally published as a special issue of Europe-Asia Studies.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. The Russian Revolutionary Constitution and Pamphlet Literature in the 1917 Russian Revolution Ian D. Thatcher 3. Concepts of Policing During the Russian Revolution, 1917-1918 Murray Frame 4. Quantifying Counter-Revolution: Legal Statistics and Revolutionary Justice During Russia’s Civil War 1917-1922 Matthew Rendle 5. The ‘First Phase’ of the Russian Civil War: Soviet Karelia, October 1917 - May 1918 Alistair S. Wright 6. World War II and the National Question: The Origins of the Autonomous Status of Vojvodina in Yugoslavia Vladimir Unkovski-Korica 7. Cold War Football: Soviet Defence and Yugoslav Attack Following the Tito-Stalin Split of 1948 Richard Mills 8. Beria and Khrushchev: The Power Struggle over Nationality Policy and the Case of Latvia Michael Loader 9. Still Searching for the ‘Third Way’: Geoffrey Swain’s Interventions in the Russian Civil Wars Jonathan D. Smele 10. ‘Making Forgotten Voices Heard’: Geoffrey Swain’s Contribution to Latvian Historiography Marina Germane 11. Josip Broz Tito and Yugoslav Communism: A Review of the Work of Geoffrey Swain Cathie Carmichael
Terry Cox is Professor of Central and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow, UK. His current research projects are on civil society and social policy in Eastern Europe.