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Prof. Dr. Stephen Lovell

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Porträt Stephen Lovell

Stephen Lovell studied at King’s College, Cambridge and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London. He was then a postdoctoral fellow at St John’s College, Oxford, before taking up a lectureship at King’s College London in 2002.

He has worked on a wide range of topics in Russian social and cultural history: reading and print culture; urbanization, exurbanization and everyday life; old age and generations; and radio and modern communications.

Research Concentrations

Russian history, 19th-20th centuries
History of communications

Function within the Center

Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study Konstanz (September 2012–August 2013)

Project „A History of Soviet Radio, 1919–1970“

Selected Publications


The Russian Reading Revolution: Print Culture in the Soviet and Post-Soviet Eras (Macmillan, 2000). viii + 215 pp.

Summerfolk: A History of the Dacha, 1710-2000 (Cornell University Press, 2003). xvii + 260 pp.

Destination in Doubt: Russia since 1989 (Zed Books, 2006). vi + 186 pp.
The Soviet Union: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2009). xiii + 151 pp.

The Shadow of War: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1941 to the Present (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). xviii + 370 pp.

Russia in the Microphone Age: A History of Soviet Radio 1919–1970 (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Edited Books

(co-edited with Alena Ledeneva and Andrei Rogachevskii) Bribery and Blat in Russia: Negotiating Reciprocity from the Middle Ages to the 1990s (Macmillan, 2000). xi + 295 pp.

(co-edited with Catriona Kelly) Russian Literature, Modernism and the Visual Arts (Cambridge University Press, 2000). xiv + 315 pp.

(co-edited with Birgit Menzel) Reading for Entertainment in Contemporary Russia: Post-Soviet Popular Literature in Historical Perspective (Verlag Otto Sagner, 2005). 202 pp.

Generations in Twentieth-Century Europe (Palgrave, 2007). xi + 230 pp.   

Recent articles related to current project

‘How Russia Learned to Listen: Radio and the Making of Soviet Culture’, Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, 12/3, 2011, pp. 591-615.

‘Broadcasting Bolshevik: The Radio Voice of Soviet Culture, 1920s-1950s’, forthcoming in Journal of Contemporary History, 48/1 (2013).

‘Glasnost’ in Practice: Public Speaking in the Era of Alexander II’, forthcoming in Past and Present, February 2013.