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

I arrived to Swansea in 2014 from Canada, where my training consisted of a number of quite separate specialities. My fields of interest and research are, first, Russian history, then, war and society, and finally European history. This makes me a cultural historian with a special interest in war as a cultural practice, who researches Russia in the wider European context. I am currently finishing a manuscript for the University of Toronto Press (forthcoming 2020) about the intersection of the Enlightenment and military culture in Russia during the Age of Catherine the Great. 

I am now working on two new, but different monograph-length projects, that take me to new research areas, both temporally and topically. One project I am pursuing is located in the field of information history, and will examine the rise of the “information state” in Russia, and the second project will explore the militarisation of Russian culture, politics, and society under President Vladimir Putin up to the annexation of the Crimea.

I am Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and in 2016, I was selected for the executive leadership training program “Challenging Human Environments and Research Impact for a Sustainable and Healthy Digital Economy” (CHERISH-DE), which annually brings together early-career researchers across disciplines in the United Kingdom.

I am currently the Admissions Officer for War and Society programme and the convenor of the MA degree in War and Society. Simultaneously, I am also the Academic Integrity Officer for the Department of Political and Cultural Studies. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Russian History; War and Society; European History;

Publications

  1. Miakinkov, E. Chapter 5: Space Support for Terrestrial Military Operations (Ed.), Space Security 102 123 Kitchener Pandora Press
  2. Miakinkov, E. The Agency of Force in Asymmetrical Warfare and Counterinsurgency: The Case of Chechnya The Journal of Strategic Studies 35 5 647 680
  3. Miakinkov, E. When AI goes to war: youth opinion, fictional reality and autonomous weapons ORBIT Journal 1 1
  4. Miakinkov, E. “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.

  • 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-3319 Researching Politics 1

    Researching Politics (RP) provides students with the skills that underlie the process of conducting and communicating cutting-edge research in Politics and International Relations. RP works by creating topic groups, each comprised of 8-10 students. Each group will follow a bespoke course set out by their topic tutor, guiding them through the literature in a substantive research area. Students are invited to select a list of preferred options in the first teaching week of the term. This list is then used to assign students to topics and group sessions run from the second week of teaching onwards. Alongside the topic-specific teaching, there is a general lecture series focusing on discovering, analysing and presenting complex information. The lecture series also focuses on dealing with the ups and downs of working as part of a team.

  • WS-100 Theories of War

    This interdisciplinary module provides a survey of the range of perspectives in and approaches to War Studies.

  • WS-200 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.

  • WS-305 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.

  • WS-M94 War, Technology and Society

    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.

  • WS-M95 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. .

  • WS-M96 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.

Supervision

  • Militarism in Post-Soviet Russia: War, culture and identity, 1990-2000. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Eugene Miakinkov
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Sheehan
  • Militarisation of British Society During The Thatcher Years, 1979-1990. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Christoph Laucht
    Other supervisor: Dr Eugene Miakinkov