Dr Eugene Miakinkov
Lecturer in War and Society
Political and Cultural Studies
Telephone: (01792) 606167

I arrived to Swansea via Canada, where my training consisted of a number of quite separate specialities. My fields of interest and research are, first, Russian history, specifically imperial history, then, history of military thought and military culture, and finally European diplomatic history. This makes me a cultural historian with a special interest in war and international relations, who specialised in Russia. I wrote my dissertation about the origins of military culture in Russia, which I traced back to the reign of Catherine II, and my second monograph-length project will explore militarisation of culture and society under President Putin.

I am currently the admissions officer for War and Society and the convenor for the MA degree in War and Society.

Areas of Expertise

  • Russian History; War and Society; Military Thought and Theory; Diplomatic History;

Publications

  1. “Your Excellency needs only to wish it”: Awards and Promotion Culture in the Army of Catherine II. The Russian Review 75(3), 457-476.

Teaching

  • HIH121 Europe of Extremes: 1789 - 1989

    The nineteenth century saw the rise of a western European civilization, characterized, as Eric Hobsbawm has noted, by capitalist economics, liberal politics, and the dominance of a middle class that celebrated morality and science. In the twentieth century this civilization faced unprecedented challenges from new political ideologies, and from a working class demanding the right to govern in its own name. The result was an eruption of violence not seen on the continent for centuries; in its wake, the Cold War divided the Europe with an Iron Curtain, and saw the continent become the client of two world superpowers ¿ the USA and the Soviet Union. This team-taught module relies on the specialist knowledge of its tutors to examine economic, political and social themes in the history of nineteenth and twentieth-century Europe.

  • HUA206 Contemporary Wars and Conflicts

    This module introduces and critically explores contemporary warfare and conflict, from post WWII up to the present War on Terror. It considers the de-colonization/independence wars; the Cold War proxy conflicts; post-1990 New Wars and the War on Terror.

  • HUA309 The Russian Civil War

    The module looks at the origins, the course and the political and cultural legacy of the Russian Civil War, 1917-1922. The lectures and seminars will focus on debates about the origins of the civil war, examine different groups involved in the conflict, as well political, economic and cultural policies during the conflict. Finally, the module will analyse why the Bolsheviks won, how the civil war created the Soviet Union from the ashes of imperial Russia, and what role the civil war plays in Russian national consciousness. With modern Russia on the forefront of contemporary world affairs, the civil war that toppled the Tsarist regime and created the Soviet Union is not only historiographically relevant, but is critical for our understanding of events in Eastern Europe today.

  • HUAM01 Research Folder (War and Society)

    The Research Portfolio is a collection of written pieces based upon research undertaken, up to 6000 words, in preparation for the dissertation.

  • HUPM03 War, Technology and Culture

    From the late Eighteenth century onwards the relationship between war and society was changed by two permanent revolutions in France and America. Industrialisation, coupled with the growth of centralised nation states dramatically modified the conduct of large scale warfare. In this module students will seek to understand the impact of industrialisation, nationalism, technology and ideology on warfare. The course will follow the development of industrialised mass warfare from the Napoleonic period, through to the era of the 'total warfare' of WWI and WW2 and the limited conflict of the Cold War/nuclear era.

  • HUPM04 War, Identity and Society

    This module is the companion module to HUPM03. It takes a pluri-disciplinary approach to understanding the impacts of war on society and vice-versa. The module evaluates the ways in which conflict changes and reshapes society and analyses the problems of war, its representations and its social outcomes. 'War' in thus not viewed solely in terms of military history, but rather through a broader context of changing social, economic and cultural trends both as a motor for change and as part of those broader changes. The module is taught over a ten week period. The weekly two hour sessions include at least an hour of seminar style `teaching¿, to make sure that there is ample time for discussions, questions, student presentations, etc. Hence, it is expected of all students to read the compulsory reading for each session beforehand, so that meaningful discussions can take place. .

  • PO-118 War and Peace in the Nuclear Age

    In this module you will examine the history of the international system from the end of the Second World War to the present day. It will provide an examination of the origins of the Cold War, how the two superpowers managed their relationship during the Cold War and an analysis of some of the key features of the post-Cold War world. We begin by assessing the rise of the USA and USSR and the emergence of deterrence. The failure of the US policy of containment in Vietnam and the emergence of tripolarity and detente in the 1970s then follows. By the beginning of the 1980s the superpowers relations had worsened and it was the time of the Second Cold War. Yet within ten years the Cold War that had dominated international relations since 1945 would be over. Why did it end, and who won will be questions for you to answer. The module will then examine the challenges facing the international system in the aftermath of the Cold War. Challenges ranging from failed states and military intervention to the rise of China and the re-emergence of Russia, and we conclude by asking, in the post 9/11 era, are we facing a clash of civilisations?

  • PO-397 Researching Politics 2

    This module offers students a valuable experience of both individual and collective research - as well as the opportunity to study in depth an important aspect of Politics and International Relations. Students extend and deepen the research undertaken in PO-396 Researching Politics 1 and continue to meet regularly in order to share ideas, opinions and sources. In these meetings, students evaluate, criticise and analyse issues concerning the topic under investigation. Minutes of the meetings are kept and the meetings are conducted with a view to arriving at a common position that will serve as the basis for producing a collectively authored report and presentation. Each student in the group also produces a shorter individual report on their own experience of Researching Politics, in the course of which they reflect on their individual contribution to the groups output. This self-assessment is validated by the other members of the group.

  • PO-M25 Dissertation

    Individual research based, under the guidance of appointed supervisor.

Supervision

  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Sheehan
    Other supervisor: Dr Eugene Miakinkov