Moritz Deutschmann (EUI) Past & Present Fellow

The Russian Empire and Iran: relations and comparisons between empires in Eurasia

Moritz Deutschmann’s research interests are mainly in the field of Russian history and the comparative history of empires. He graduated with an MA in Modern History and Philosophy from Humboldt University, Berlin, in 2009 and completed a PhD at the European University Institute in Florence in 2013.

His thesis, supervised by Steve Smith, examines the history of Russian relations with Iran in the late 19th century, focusing on the influence of the Russian Empire on the development of centralised state authority in Iran in this period. The thesis analyses how Russian policies in Iran became effective and how they were reshaped by mediating groups as well as by local resistance, for example by tribal nomads, groups of merchants or revolutionary activists. By demonstrating the interrelatedness of processes of imperial expansion and state building in Russia and Iran, the thesis aims to contribute to a larger recontextualisation of Russian history within a Eurasian framework.

Some aspects of Moritz Deutschmann’s research have been published in recent articles in the journals Iranian Studies and Ab Imperio. During his fellowship, he plans to further develop some issues that appeared in the dissertation, among them the history of slavery in Eurasia.