Joshua Sanborn

Joshua Sanborn is the David M. ’70 and Linda Roth Professor in the History Department at Lafayette College.  He is the author, most recently, of  Imperial Apocalypse: The Great War and the Destruction of the Russian Empire(Oxford UP, 2014). He is also the author of Drafting the Russian Nation: Military Conscription, Total War, and Mass Politics, 1905-1925 (Northern Illinois UP, 2003) and co-author (with Annette Timm) of Gender, Sex, and the Shaping of Modern Europe: A History from the French Revolution to the Present Day (Berg, 2007).

Recent publications include:

“The Apotheosis of the Unknown Soldier: Officers, Soldiers, and the Writing of the Great War in Russia,” in Richard Bessel and Dorothee Wierling eds., Inside World War One? The First World War and its Witnesses (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018): 291-304.

“1917: Revolution as Demobilization and State Collapse (co-author with Eric Lohr),” Slavic Review 76, no. 3 (Fall 2017): 703-709.

“Soldiers and Civilians, 1914-1917,” in Simon Dixon ed., The Oxford Handbook of Modern Russian History (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2013-) [Published online, March 2015] – DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199236701.013.020

“Russian Imperialism, 1914-2014: Annexationist, Adventurist, or Anxious?” Revolutionary Russia (2014). Available in open access format at:

“Russian Empire,” in Ute Daniel, Peter Gatrell, Oliver Janz, Heather Jones, Jennifer Keene, Alan Kramer, and Bill Nasson eds. 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War (Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin, 2014): DOI:

“The Genesis of Russian Warlordism: Violence and Governance during the First World War and the Civil War,” Contemporary European History 19, no. 3 (August 2010): 195-213. © Cambridge University Press 2010.

“Unsettling the Empire: Violent Migrations and Social Disaster in Russia during World War I,” Journal of Modern History 77, no. 2 (June 2005): 290-324.

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