My research interests are in the histories of modern Russia and China and in comparative Communism. I am writing a book on the 'politics of the supernatural' which compares the efforts of Communist regimes in the Soviet Union (1917-41) and the People’s Republic of China (1949-76) to eliminate 'superstition' from daily life, in areas such as popular religion, calendrical and life-cycle rituals, agriculture and folk medicine. It compares the ways in which ordinary people deployed religious and magical beliefs and practices as a way of dealing with and putting meaning on the turbulent and often traumatic changes that overtook their lives.
The Making of the Human Sciences in China: Historical and Conceptual Foundations
Violence in the Russian Revolution and Civil War, 1914-2: A Survey of Recent Historiography
Circles of the Russian Revolution. Internal and International Consequences of the Year 1917 in Russia
Russia in Revolution An Empire in Crisis, 1890 to 1928
Drawing on recent archivally-based scholarship, Russia in Revolution pays particular attention to the varying impact of the Revolution on the various groups that made up society: peasants, workers, non-Russian nationalities, the army, women ...
The Cambridge History of Communism, vol.1: World Revolution and Socialism in One Country, 1917-1941