Dr Jonathan Smele

Senior Lecturer in Modern European History

Location Arts Two 3.11

Email: j.d.smele@qmul.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8372

I am a specialist in the history of the Russian revolutions and civil wars. I graduated from the Universities of Leeds, Glasgow and Wales and have taught at Queen Mary since 1992.

I am a long-standing member of the Study Group on the Russian Revolution and edited its journal, Revolutionary Russia, for a decade (2002–12).

Research 

My research interests focus on late-imperial Russian and early Soviet history, with a particular emphasis on the revolutionary period (roughly 1881–1932).

My recent and forthcoming publications have explored the multifaceted and multinational nature of the conflicts that wrecked the Russian Empire and helped form the Soviet Union in the period 1916 to 1926, placing them within the context of the global upheavals engendered by the First World War.

  • Political and military history of the Russian Empire and early Soviet Union
  • The Russian revolutions and civil wars
  • Anti-Bolshevism and the first emigration
  • Anglo-Soviet relations (official and unofficial)
  • The history of Siberia

Undergraduate teaching

Postgraduate supervision 

I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:

  • Political and military history of the Russian Empire and early Soviet Union
  • The Russian revolutions and civil wars
  • Anti-Bolshevism and the first emigration
  • Anglo-Soviet relations (official and unofficial)
  • The history of Siberia

Publications 

Books

Articles and chapters

  • Smele, Jonathan D., "The Civil Wars", in Daniel T. Orlovsky (ed), The Blackwell Companion to the Russian Revolution. Oxford: Blackwell, 2017 (forthcoming).
  • Smele, Jonathan D., ‘“Mania grandiosa” and “The Turning Point in World History”: Kerensky in London in 1918’, Revolutionary Russia, Vol. 20 (2007), No. 1, pp. 1–34
  • Smele, Jonathan D., ‘A Bolshevik in Brixton Prison: Fedor Raskol'nikov and the Origins of Anglo-Soviet Relations’, in Ian D. Thatcher (ed.), Reinterpreting Revolutionary Russia (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), pp. 110–35.
  • Smele, Jonathan D., ‘The Study Group on the Russian Revolution: The First Thirty Years’, Revolutionary Russia, Vol. 18 (2005), No. 2, pp. 201–38.
  • Smele, Jonathan D. ‘The Russian Civil War’, in The Reader’s Guide to Military History. London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001, pp. 510–15.
  • Smele, Jonathan D., ‘What the Papers Didn’t Say: Unpublished Despatches from Russia by M. Philips Price, May 1918–January 1919’, Revolutionary Russia Vol. 8 (1995), No. 2, pp. 129–165.
  • Smele, Jonathan D., ‘White Gold: The Imperial Russian Gold Reserve in the Anti-Bolshevik East, 1918–? (An Unconcluded Chapter in the History of the Russian Civil War)’, Europe–Asia Studies Vol. 46 (1994), No. 8, pp. 1317–47.
  • Smele. Jonathan D.,‘“What Kolchak Wants!”: Military Versus Polity in White Siberia, 1918–1920’, Revolutionary Russia, Vol. 4 (1991), No. 1, pp. 52–110.
  • Smele, Jonathan D., ‘An Attempt to Utilize the Northern Sea Route to Siberia in 1919’, Sibirica, Vol. 4 (1988), pp. 28–40.
  • Smele, Jonathan D., ‘Labour Conditions and the Collapse of the Siberian Economy under Kolchak, 1918–1920’, Sbornik of the Study Group on the Russian Revolution, Vol. 13 (1987), pp. 31–60.

Other publications

  •  ‘War, Revolution and Civil War in Russia: The Eastern Front, 1914-1921’, BBC History On-Line

Membership of professional associations or societies

Editorial Positions 

  • Revolutionary Russia (Editorial Board)
  • On editorial board of "Istoriia" (Novosibirsk State University)
  • The Bloomsbury History of Modern Russia (Co-editor)