Chair in History
BA (Bristol, 1984), MA (Essex, 1986), PhD (Leeds, 1991), FRHistS
Dr Heywood’s research interests lie mainly in Russian and Soviet history from the late nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. His particular interests are the Russian/Soviet railway system and Russia’s participation in the First World War. He is also interested in inter-Allied relations with special reference to Russia’s foreign procurement policy.
His most recent book is a biography of the Russian railway engineer Iurii V. Lomonosov (1876-1952), published with Ashgate (2011). For full details see: http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9780754655398
At present he is working on a study of Russia's railways in the First World War that will reassess the importance of railway transport difficulties as a cause of the February Revolution in 1917. This project was started with a 10-week research trip to St Petersburg in autumn 2010 funded by the British Academy and the Russian Academy of Sciences, and continued in 2011 and 2012 with shorter trips funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.
Dr Heywood is also co-organising (with Professor John W. Steinberg of Georgia Southern University and Professor David McDonald of the University of Wisconsin at Madison) an international collaborative project to mark the centenary of Russia's participation in World War I and the Russian revolutions. Entitled 'Russia's Great War and Revolution, 1914-1922: The Centennial Reappraisal', this project was launched formally in Aberdeen in July 2008 with a symposium funded by the British Academy, the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies, the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the University of Aberdeen. A public call for contributions was issued in 2008, with a deadline of February 2012 for submission of draft chapters. The project webpage is at http://web.ku.edu/~russiasgreatwar/cgi-bin/index.php
Principal publications (books and edited books):
Engineer of Revolutionary Russia: Iurii V. Lomonosov (1876-1952) and the Railways (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011)
(co-edited with Jon Smele) The Russian Revolution of 1905: Centenary Perspectives (London: Routledge, 2005)
Catalogue of the I.A. Bunin, V.N. Bunina, L.F. Zurov and E.M. Lopatina Collections (Leeds: Leeds University Press, 2000)
Modernising Lenin's Russia: Economic Reconstruction, Foreign Trade and the Railways (Cambridge: CUP, 1999)
(with I.D.C. Button) Soviet Locomotive Types: The Union Legacy (Malmo: Stenvall, 1995)
1. Russia's Great War and Revolution, 1914-1922: The Centennial Reappraisal (with Professor John W. Steinberg, Georgia Southern University, and Professor David McDonald, University of Wisconsin at Madison)
This project was launched formally with a symposium at Aberdeen in July 2008. Initial funding has been secured from the British Academy, the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies, the University of Aberdeen, the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A public call for contributions was issued in July 2009. Project roundtable meetings have been held at the annual conferences of the ASEEES (formerly AAASS), Study Group on the Russian Revolution and BASEES, and project editorial meetings have been held in 2009 (Madison, WN) and 2010 (Uppsala, Sweden). A full board meeting to review the submitted chapters was held at Madison in July 2012. The first books are expected to go to press during the second half of 2013, and the first two books are currently scheduled to appear in July 2014, with onward publication of about four books per year to complete the series in about 2018. The project's website is at: http://web.ku.edu/~russiasgreatwar/cgi-bin/index.php
2. Digitisation of the Lomonossoff collection of photographic negatives
The Lomonossoff collection at the Leeds Russian Archive, University of Leeds, includes about 6,000 photographic negatives. Approximately 2,000 of these pictures were taken in Russia during 1902-15; the remainder were taken in Soviet Russia, Western Europe and North America between 1917 and about 1950. This project aims to make these images available for public use by identifying, sorting and digitising them. The technical work is being funded by a private donor who wishes to remain anonymous, but whose support is gratefully acknowledged here. The negatives are currently being sorted into the order in which they will be copied, a job that we hope to complete by the end of 2013.
Recent external grants include three grants for archival and library work in Russia concerning Russia's railways in WW1:
funding from the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland to spend four weeks in St Petersburg in August-September 2011 and 2012
funding from the British Academy and Russian Academy of Sciences Academic Exchange Programme to spend ten weeks in St Petersburg in autumn 2010.
Dr Heywood was Secretary of the Study Group on the Russian Revolution, 1997-2008. For further details about the Study Group, including membership and the annual conference, please see its webpage: www.basees.org.uk/sgrusrev.shtml
Editorial Board member: Revolutionary Russia; Journal of First World War Studies; Europe-Asia Studies
Committee member, AHRC-funded project for postgraduate research training in Russian archives
Adviser for document digitisation projects by AM Digitial and BRILL publishing