Charlotte Alston

Charlotte AlstonCharlotte Alston’s research focuses on international history in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She is particularly interested in Russia’s relations (both cultural and diplomatic) with the west, the history of the Russian revolution and the Russian civil war, and the post-first world war peace settlements. She has published on Russia’s border states at the Paris Peace Conference, Russian émigré organisations in the west, and has written a biography of New Zealand linguist and publicist Harold Williams, who reported and advised on the Russian Revolutions. Charlotte recently completed a monograph on the international Tolstoyan movement, a Christian Anarchist movement that flourished in Europe and the USA in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She is currently working on a study of the Royal Naval Armoured Car Squadron (a British unit that fought on the Eastern Front in the First World War), and a new project which explores the relationship between Russian dissident emigres and western publics, intellectuals and governments from the late tsarist era to the present.

Relevant publications

‘International Intervention in Russia’s Civil War: Policies, Experiences, Justifications’ in The International History of Russia’s Great War and Revolution (Slavica/Indiana University Press, forthcoming)

‘”A Great Host of Sympathisers”: The Doukhobor Emigration and its International Supporters 1895-1905′ Journal of Modern European History 12, 2 (April 2014), pp. 200-215

Tolstoy and his Disciples: The history of a radical international movement (IB Tauris, 2013)

‘Britain and the International Tolstoyan Movement 1890-1910′ in Rebecca Beasley and Philip Bullock (eds.), Russia in Britain 1880-1940: Melodrama to Modernity (Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 53-70

‘The Work of the Russian Liberation Committee in London 1919-1924′, Slavonica 14, 1 (April 2008), pp. 6-17

Russia’s Greatest Enemy? Harold Williams and the Russian Revolutions (I. B. Tauris, 2007)

‘British Journalism and the Russian Civil War 1917-1921′, Revolutionary Russia, 20, 1 (June 2007), pp. 35-49

‘”The Suggested Basis for a Russian Federal Republic”: Britain, Anti-Bolshevik Russia and the Border States at the Paris Peace Conference 1919′, History 91, 301 (January 2006), pp. 24-44



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