Hannah Parker

Hannah Parker is affiliated to the University of Sheffield, where she completed an AHRC-funded PhD in 2018, which focused on receptions of the concept of the ‘New Soviet Woman’ by ordinary women in the Soviet Union, expressed through their letters to the state. She is interested in letter-writing, everyday life and self-construction in the early Soviet Union, along with themes of mothering, work, and emotion. Reach her on Twitter @_hnnhlzbthprkr.

Stephanie Wright

Stephanie Wright is a Wellcome postdoctoral fellow on the SHaME project at Birkbeck, University of London. Her PhD, completed at the University of Sheffield in 2018, explored the experiences of Francoist disabled veterans of the Spanish Civil War. Her current research focuses on sexual violence under the Francoist dictatorship. Find her on twitter @Estefwright.

Authors A-Z


Rafael Antunes Padilha: ‘Neo-Pentecostal power in Brazil – democratic decay and the “purification” of politics’ and ‘The “Work of God”: the growth of Neo-Pentecostalism in Brazil’

Mollie Arbuthnot: ‘World Revolution / Postcolonial Paradise: Utopian Visions of the “Soviet East” in the 1920-30s’

Charlotte Armstrong: ‘Max Nordau’s pre-Fascist Discourse of Degenerate Art, and the Authority of Scientific Language’


Joel Baker: ‘Redefining the national community during the Spanish Civil War: Queipo de Llano’s radio propaganda broadcasts‘, ‘Economic Apologies for Francoist Repression, 1937 and 1917’‘The Hydrographic Confederation of the Ebro under Primo de Rivera, 1926-1930: Dams, canals and new regional identities’

Amy Jane Barnes: ‘Knock Down the Gang of Four!’: Caricatures in the British Library’s collection of post-1949 Chinese posters’

Olivia Bašić: ‘Red Whirlwinds: Fyodor Lopukhov and the Ballet Revolution

Charles Beacroft: ‘Educating the ‘Uneducable’: Soviet Deaf-Blind Education and the New Soviet Person’ 

Danny Bird: ‘The Duty of Vengeance: Violence, the Paris Commune and the consolidation of the Leninist state

Nathan Brand: Debunking ‘Continuity Russia’

David Brydan:The Language of Authoritarian Internationalism


Léa Carresse: ‘Linguistic Traces of totalitarianism in Germany’s Red Army Faction: from Stalin’s Soviet Language Policy to National-Socialism

James Chetwood: ‘The regulation of identity through names and naming in twentieth century Spain’, ‘Minority Languages in Revolutionary France’

Polly Corrigan: ‘The ‘Garrotted Resistance’: Language and Nationalism in the 1930s’ 


Sagar Deva: ‘The Institutionalisation of Injustice: The Emperor’s New Clothes?’

Alistair Dickins: ‘Party Politics and the Seeds of Revolutionary Dictatorship: the Case of Krasnoiarsk in 1917’


Agata Fijakowski: ‘Re-visiting Musine Kokalari: a lost story of defiance in the face of political oppression‘, ‘The Red Guillotine‘, ‘Exploring Cold War history through ‘the visual’: The Polish Story’

Bethany Fisher: Citoyennes of the patrie? Gender and the mobilisation of France during the revolutionary wars, 1792-1799′


Mirjam Galley: ‘Explaining away Poverty: Soviet Residential Childcare and Social Problems after 1953’  and ‘”An Amoral Lifestyle”: Criminalising Female Sexuality in the Soviet 1960s’

Elizabeth Goodwin: ‘An Emotional Break-Up: Historical Pathos Rhetoric in the Brexit Debate’

Yulia Gradskova: ‘Women’s Rights and the Cold War: Re-approaching the Women’s International Democratic Foundation’s Historical Role’


Katie Harrison: ‘Language Policy in Soviet Ukraine’

Lonny Harrison: ‘Doctor Zhivago as a Response to the Weaponisation of Soviet Literature and Mass Culture’

Eilish Hart: Refugees, Exiles and Émigrés: Russia Abroad and the Semantics of Migration’ and ‘Central Asia’s Media Landscape: Democratic versus Authoritarian Diffusion’

Dawn Hazle: ‘Suicide really isn’t war: megalomania, counterculture and the joy of metal music in the Soviet Union’

Siobhán Hearne: ‘Reformable Victims? The Language of Commercial Sex during the First Decade of Soviet Power’; and ‘Girls with Low Social Responsibility’: Putin, Pre-Revolutionary Policing, and Prostitution in the Language of ‘Immorality’.

Victoria Hudson: ‘Just how ‘Pro-Russian’ is the youth of Eastern Ukraine?’


David Kenrick: ‘The Semantics of Settler Colonialism’


Ellen Leafstedt: ‘Nazarbayev, historical revivalism, and national legitimacy in Kazakhstan’

Carmen Levick: ‘1989, Memory, and Me’

Liam Liburd: ‘Empire and the articulation of fascism: The British Union of Fascists, 1932-1940

Anna Lukina: ‘The Soviet Court as a Propaganda Instrument’, ‘The Soviet Court as a Propaganda Instrument: the 1936 Case of Semenchuk’


Kathryn Martin: Speaking Soviet – The Marriage of Soviet Linguistics and Literacy in the Early Soviet Period’

Claire McGinn: ‘Monumental Time and the Soviet Dream: Music and (a) post-Utopian Temporality’


Imen Neffati: ‘It is not the Maghreb that Islamised itself… It is Islam that maghrebised itself’


Hannah Parker: ‘Sensory Disability and the New Soviet Woman’; ‘History Matters: ‘On the Language of “Authoritarian” Regimes’’; ‘New Year Wishes: A Soviet Orphan’s Letter to Krupskaia’

Beth Pennyfather:Between Populace and Elite: Challenging Traditional Views of Revolutionary Russia


Fraser Raeburn: ‘Language and the Logic of Stalinism in the International Brigades’

Miguel Rivas Venegas: ‘A Bulwark Made of Words: the Francoist Press during the Second World War’

Jon Rowson: ‘The Political Language of Celebration: The Anniversary of the October Revolution, 1918-1932’


Brooke Sales-Lee: ‘Fulton and Fátima: 1917 in the Mind of Catholic Cold Warriors’

Lani Seelinger: ‘Socialism in Translation: the Challenges of Teaching Communist History in the 21st Century’ and ‘‘Losers’, ‘usurpers’, and their linguistic and historical translation’ (in collaboration with https://www.socialismrealised.eu/)

Samantha Sherry: ‘Zealots, bureaucrats, or ordinary people? Looking for the Soviet censor’

Laura Sumner:The Cultural Revolution: proletarian culture in Sormovo, 1917-1921‘ and ”Enemies of the People’: Fake News and the Bolshevik Manipulation of the Press in early Soviet Sormovo’

Victoria Sztanek: ‘Homelessness and the Hungarian Story of Criminalization’


Alun Thomas: ‘The Cost of Omission in Soviet Central Asia’

Laura Todd: ‘Teaching Soviet Children the Language of Science and Technology’ 


Mark Vincent: ‘‘Outsider’ vs. ‘Our Own’: Confronting a Familiar Paradigm in the Pages of the Early Gulag Press’


Stephanie Wright: ‘Letters to a dictator: ‘speaking Francoist’ in 1940s Spain’


Sam Young: ‘Justifying Terror: virtue in Jacobin France’