Staff Profile:Dr Andy Willimott


Examinations Officer (Year 3)

Undergraduate Teaching:

Year 2 option: From Tsars to Comrades

Year 3 option: Stalinism: The Struggle for a New Civilization

Special Subject: Making Revolution: Russia, 1905-1929

Postgraduate Teaching:

MA option: Bolshevik Visions

Enquiries for postgraduate supervision are welcome, especially on the following themes: Russian modernity, the Russian Revolution, Radical movements, Socialist experimentation, Soviet history. Subjects studied by past and present students include 'Crime, Punishment, and Prisons: the Socialist Exemplar' and 'Socialist Fashion in the Early Soviet State'.

Areas of Interest:

Andy Willimott is an historian of modern Russia and the Soviet Union. He has published on the social and cultural history of revolutionary Russia and the early Soviet state, with a particular interest in the formation and experience of radical ideology.

Andy Willimott - Living the RevolutionHis award-winning book, Living the Revolution: Urban Communes & Soviet Socialism, 1917-1932 (Oxford University Press), offers a penetrating insight into the world of the early Soviet activist. At the heart of this book are a cast of fiery-eyed, bed-headed youths determined to be the change they wanted to see in the world. First banding together in the wake of the October Revolution, seizing hold of urban apartments, youthful enthusiasts tried to offer practical examples of socialist living. Calling themselves 'urban communes', they embraced total equality and shared everything from money to underwear. By tell their story, this book reveals how grand revolutionary ideals were experienced, understood, and appropriated on a human level. This is the tale of revolutionary aspiration, appropriation, and participation at the ground level. Never officially sanctioned by the Communist Party, the urban communes challenge our traditional understanding of the early Soviet state, presenting Soviet ideology as something that could both frame and fire the imagination.

Willimott is also co-editor of Rethinking the Russian Revolution as Historical Divide (Routledge). Andy Willimott bookThis book is the product of a series of workshops held in the UK and the USA, the premise of which was to suggest that 1917 is the wrong departure point for a full analysis of the social and cultural particularities of the Soviet Union. Breaking away from the binary of 'change and continuity' or 'tradition vs. modernity', however, this book asks how the new and the old came together to forge the Soviet experience 'across 1917'. Among other things, it examines the social and cultural frameworks that helped determine Soviet perceptions of social duty, justice, and governance. Ultimately, this book seeks to help reshape the way we study the Russian Revolution.

Willimott held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies between 2012 and 2015. Here he undertook intensive research into the narratives surrounding the October Revolution, tracing the various meanings attributed to one of the defining events of the 20th century. The research conducted during this fellowship continues to feed into his publications.

This work feeds directly into Willimott's teaching and module options. In both his writing and teaching, he questions how socialist revolution was imagined, experienced, and told.

Research groups / Centres:

Willimott - Using ArchiveWillimott has also served as Postgraduates' Representative on the National Committee of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES). In this capacity, he organized and co-organized a number of conferences and workshops designed to facilitate further postgraduate research into Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. This culminated in the production of a short, co-authored guide entitled, Using Archives and Libraries in the Former Soviet Union (BASEES, 2011; 2013).

A new online version to this guide is currently hosted by the Centre for East European Language Based Area Studies (CEELBAS), with the support of the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy: Russian & Ukrainian Archives Guide

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