Joshua Sanborn

Joshua Sanborn is professor of history and head of 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:

“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.

One Response to Joshua Sanborn

  1. I like your “The Genesis of Russian Warlordism”. I wish you expanded it more to cover the Batkos’ of Ukraine.

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