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Dr Charlotte Alston

Reader in History, Research Lead/Unit of Assessment Lead

Department: Humanities

Charlotte is Reader in History in the Department of Humanities. She works on Russia’s cultural and diplomatic relations with the west, the history of the Russian revolution and civil war, and the post-first world war peace settlements.

Dr Charlotte Alston , Humanities Department , Northumbria UniversityCharlotte joined Northumbria University as a Senior Lecturer in 2009. Between 2006-2009 she was a lecturer in history at the University of Ulster, in Northern Ireland, and between 2003-2006 she worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.




Campus Address

Northumbria University
Room 316, Lipman Building, City Campus
Newcastle upon Tyne

+44 (0)191 243 7231


Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice, University of Ulster, 2009

PhD History, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 2004

MLitt History, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 2000

BA Hons History, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1999

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Charlotte’s research focuses on international history in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She is particularly interested in Russia’s relations (both cultural and diplomatic) with the west, the history of the Russian revolution and the Russian civil war, and the post-first world war peace settlements. She has published on Russia’s border states at the Paris Peace Conference, Russian émigré organisations in the west, and has written a biography of New Zealand linguist and publicist Harold Williams, who reported and advised on the Russian Revolutions. Charlotte recently completed a monograph on the international Tolstoyan movement, a Christian Anarchist movement that flourished in Europe and the USA in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She is currently working on a new project which focuses on Russian dissidents, émigrés and revolutionaries and their international networks, from the late tsarist era to the present.

Current/Recent Projects

2014-15: British Academy / Leverhulme Small Grant (with Rachael Wiseman and Amber Carpenter) for the interdisciplinary project ‘Portraits of Integrity’

2009-10: Arts and Humanities Research Council - Research Leave Scheme

2008-9: British Academy Small Grant

2007: Royal Irish Academy / Hungarian Academy of Sciences Exchange Scheme - Visiting Fellowship

Key Publications

‘Encounters on the Eastern Front: The Royal Naval Armoured Car Division in Russia 1915-1920’ War in History (forthcoming, 2017)

‘The Russian Émigré Press in London 1853-1921’ in Constance Bantnam and Ana de Silva (eds.), The Foreign Political Press in London 1915-1914: Politics from a Distance (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2017)

'International Intervention in Russia's Civil War: Policies, Experiences, Justifications' in The International History of Russia's Great War and Revolution (Slavica/Indiana University Press, forthcoming)

‘Tolstoy: the Kreutzer Sonata’ in Gaby Mahlberg and Cesare Cuttica (eds.), Patriarchal Moments (Bloomsbury, 2015) pp. 139-146.

‘Introduction: Transnational Solidarities and the Politics of the Left 1890-1990’, in ‘Transnational Solidarities and the Politics of the Left 1890-1990’, special issue of the European Review of History / Revue europeene d’histoire 21:4 (August 2014) pp. 447-450.

‘From Steamroller to Empty Chair: Russia’ in Alan Sharp (ed.), 28th June: Sarajevo 1914, Versailles 1919 (Haus, 2014) pp. 90-116.

'"A Great Host of Sympathisers": The Doukhobor Emigration and its International Supporters 1895-1905' Journal of Modern European History 12:2 (April 2014) pp. 200-215.

Tolstoy and his Disciples: The history of a radical international movement (IB Tauris, 2013), 301 pp.

'Britain and the International Tolstoyan Movement 1890-1910' in Rebecca Beasley and Philip Bullock (eds.), Russia in Britain 1880-1940: Melodrama to Modernity (Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 53-70.

Piip, Meierovics, Voldemaras: The Baltic States. Makers of the Modern World, the Peace Conferences 1919-23 and their aftermath (Haus, 2010), 224 pp.

'The Work of the Russian Liberation Committee in London 1919-1924', Slavonica 14, 1 (April 2008), pp. 6-17.

Russia's Greatest Enemy? Harold Williams and the Russian Revolutions (I. B. Tauris, 2007), 288pp.

'British Journalism and the Russian Civil War 1917-1921', Revolutionary Russia, 20, 1 (June 2007), pp. 35-49.

'"The Suggested Basis for a Russian Federal Republic": Britain, Anti-Bolshevik Russia and the Border States at the Paris Peace Conference 1919', History 91, 301 (January 2006), pp. 24-44.

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Professional Activity

Executive Committee Member, Society for the Study of Labour History (2008-)

Executive Committee Member, Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland (2008- 2011).

Steering Group Member, History UK (2014-)

Member, Study Group on the Russian Revolution (2005-).

Member, Anglo-Russian Research Network (2011-)

Current Teaching Activity

Charlotte contributes to the team taught module 'The Making of Contemporary Europe' at level 4, and to ‘Debating History’ at level 5. She co-ordinates and teaches the modules 'Russia and the Modern World 1860-2000' at level 5, and 'Revolution and the Russian Empire' and 'An End to War? Peacemaking in Paris 1919' at level 6.

Postgraduate Supervision

Charlotte is currently supervising the following students:

Stuart Anderson: Conscientious objectors in the North East of England in the Second World War

Lara Green: Russian émigré terrorists in transnational perspective 1881-1917

Jasmine Calver: The Amsterdam-Pleyel movement: fascism, anti-fascism and communism in interwar Europe


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