Working Papers Series

The Warsaw Uprising - The view from Lublin

Mr James Blackwell
PhD Student, University of Glasgow

Keywords: Polish history; 2nd World War

Abstract: In the last days of July 1944 Operation Tempest came to the province of Lublin. Tempest, the culmination of years of planning for the moment when resistance would become insurrection, was put into effect over a six-day period at the end of the month and helped the AK to play a significant part in the liberation of their region. The importance of this operation in Lublin lay in the fact that the province was in territory that both the Soviet Union and the Polish Government-in-exile agreed was Polish. With this in mind central command had ordered the AK/Delegatura in Lublin to fight alongside the Soviets and then to busy themselves reconstructing their government once the Germans we cleared...

Paper: James Blackwell - Full Paper [pdf]
Published: 04-06-08

Researching Care, Social Security and the 'Withdrawing State' in a Rural Russian Context

Prof Rebecca Kay
University of Glasgow

Keywords: Rural life in post Soviet space

Abstract: This paper is based on what is very much a 'work in progress' or perhaps it would be fairer to say a 'work in planning'. It presents the development of my ideas for research into the ways in which social security is produced and experienced in rural Russia through caring practices and material support provided by and exchanged within a range of formal and informal, state and non-state, community and kinship structures. The proposed research will be based, at least initially, on a study of a single village, Losevo, the rural district centre of Losevskii district, in the north west of Altai Territory, western Siberia, bordering Kazakhstan to the west.

Paper: Rebecca Kay - Full Paper [pdf]

Published: 02-07-08

The Russian Stepps: An Environmental History, 1700-1914

Prof David Moon
University of Durham

Keywords: N/A

Abstract: The paper reports on the interaction between the agricultural settlers and the environment of the steppe region (18th to the early 20th centuries) as ever larger areas of grassland were ploughed up and turned over to grain cultivation. The paper goes some way towards addressing: 'the sweep of Russian frontier expansion' is 'cry[ing] out ... for the attention of environmental historians.' (John McNeill) by analysing the settlement of Russia's steppe frontier. It will also make a significant contribution to the relatively small, but growing, body of work on the environmental history of Russia as a whole. By focusing on the interaction between humans and the natural environment, moreover, the research serves as a useful counterbalance to the overemphasis on 'environmental determinist' interpretations of Russia's history.

Paper: David Moon - Full Paper [pdf]

Published: 04-02-09

Discourse and Migration in Contemporary Russia: A Study of SELF-OTHER Characterizations and Semantic Ambiguity

Ekaterina Popova
University of Edinburgh

Abstract:  This paper explores how SELF and OTHER are characterized in the Russian migration discourse in the autumn of 2006 and searches for some possible linguistic sources of vagueness with regard to the highlighted semantic attributes of discourse referents. Specifically, it investigates the role played by semantically ambiguous expressions used especially in pro-governmental media. The frequency of characterizations of SELF-OTHER discourse referents in Moderate and Radical corpus is calculated on the basis of a specifically compiled taxonomy. The study demonstrates that a considerable number of characterizations for SELF and OTHER in Moderate corpus are ambiguous with regard to the semantic attributes highlighted in such characterizations. The results imply that semantic ambiguity can be used strategically by the governmental groups to convey the ideology of ethnicism towards migration. However, it is possible to partially resolve such semantic ambiguity using specific heuristics suggested in this paper.

Paper: Ekaterina Popova - Full Paper [pdf]

Published: 03-07-09

The revival of cultural autonomy in certain countries of Eastern Europe: Were lessons drawn from the inter-war period?

Prof David Smith
University of Glasgow

Abstract: The concept of non-territorial cultural autonomy (also known as National Cultural autonomy – NCA) was originally devised at the turn of the 20th Century by the Austrian Social Democrat Karl Renner, as a response to the specific circumstances that obtained within the Habsburg Empire at that time. Rising calls for self-determination on the part of the Empire’s subject nationalities posed a growing challenge not just to the imperial authorities ....

Paper: David Smith - Full Paper [pdf]

Published: 18-12-08