George Gilbert (UEA) Scouloudi Fellow

Crisis and decline? the radical right movement in the Russian Empire, 1900–1914


George Gilbert is a PhD candidate and associate tutor at the University of East Anglia, having also completed undergraduate and masters degrees at UEA. His thesis examines the radical right or monarchist faction in the Russian Empire (1900–1914). The work considers how the 1905 Revolution radicalised Russian conservative groups leading to the creation of a nation-wide mass political movement that posed a challenge to the Russian autocracy despite avowedly demonstrating support for it. Particular areas of examination consist of the search for new bases of popular support, relationship with Russia's rulers in the Imperial government and state Duma, and the public rituals and manifestations of the right. The aim is to demonstrate through these areas a distinction between official and autonomous conservatism in the epoch. Related research interests include nationalist demonstrations and rituals and the creation of personality cults amongst Russian monarchists and nationalists in late Imperial Russia. 

George is a current member of the British Association for Slavic and East European Studies (BASEES), Study Group of the Russian Revolution (SGRR) and the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES).