Pickett Professor of Military History
Here at Kansas State, I regularly teach courses on the history of Russia and the Soviet Union, India and South Asia, and Western civilization. My specialization is Russian/Soviet military history and foreign policy, particularly the 1920s and 1930s. I am currently working on a number of projects, including Leon Trotsky's role in the creation of the Soviet military, Stalin's 1937 purge of the Red Army and its aftermath, and in the longer term a detailed study of the 1941 Battle of Moscow.
Editor, The Soviet Union at War, 1941-1945. Pen & Sword, 2010
A Military History of Russia: From Ivan the Terrible to the War in Chechnya. Praeger Security International, 2006.
Hammer and Rifle: The Militarization of the Soviet Union, 1926-1933. Lawrence: 2000.
"Misreading Svechin: Attrition, Annihilation, and Historicism," in press at the Journal of Military History
"Soviet Arms Exports in the 1920s," in press at the Journal of Contemporary History
"The Military in the Cold War," in press for the Oxford Handbook on the Cold War , Richard Immermann and Petra Goedde, eds.
"The State of Military History: A Glass Half-Full ," Historically Speaking: The Bulletin of the Historical Society 11.2 (April 2010), pp. 33-34.
"Stalingrad and the Evolution of Soviet Urban Warfare ," Journal of Slavic Military Studies 22.2 (April-June 2009), pp. 1-13.
"The Comecon's International Investment Bank and the Crisis of 'Developed Socialism ,'" Journal of Cold War Studies 10.3 (Summer 2008), pp. 48-77.
"Shefstvo : Lev Trotskii and the Military Origins of Revolutionary Patronage ," Revolutionary Russia 19.1 (June 2006), pp. 21-36.