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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Regarding how the Spanish Flu affected Russia, this article from the Bulletin of the History of Medicine includes specific discussion about the diffusion of the disease in Russia with secondary references. You might be aware of it, but if not, here more research leads for you.

THE GEOGRAPHY AND MORTALITY OF THE 1918 INFLUENZA PANDEMIC Author(s): K. David Patterson and Gerald F. Pyle
Source: Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Vol. 65, No. 1 (SPRING 1991), pp. 4-21
Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press
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