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Dr Ben Phillips

Lecturer in Russian (E&R)


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Telephone: 01392 727507

I am a historian of modern Russia with a special interest in the cultural, intellectual and transnational history of the late-imperial and revolutionary period (c. 1881-1921). My forthcoming monograph, Siberian Exile & The Transnational Mythologies of Russian Radicalism, 1825-1917 (Routledge, 2020), explores the nineteenth-century origins of Siberia's modern reputation as a place of exile, showing how the transnational circulation of this image in the years before 1917 helped shape Western understandings of the Russian Revolution and of Russia generally. My current research project focuses on the relationship between religious and revolutionary thought in the final years of Tsarism. 

Before coming to Exeter, I taught at UCL SSEES (where I also completed my PhD) and Queen Mary University of London. At Exeter, I teach a range of culture modules (on Russian/Soviet cinema and Russian national identity during the imperial period), and contribute to language teaching.