Dr Iain Lauchlan
Senior Lecturer; History
I was born and raised somewhere obscure in the middle of England. I received my BA (1993) and PhD (1998) from the University of Leeds. My PhD thesis and first book were on the tsarist secret police based on research in the newly opened Russian state archives. After this I took up a research fellowship at Helsinki University in 1999, which thanks to Finnish Academy funding provided me with access to the former Communist Party and KGB archives in Moscow. This led to a British Academy Post-doctoral Fellowship at St Cross College, Oxford from 2001 to 2004 and after that a lectureship at Stirling University. I was appointed to my current post as Lecturer in History at the University of Edinburgh in January 2010.
Summary of research interestsPlaces:
- Nineteenth Century
- Twentieth Century & After
Russian history, particularly the Russian Revolution and the Stalin era. Russia’s relations with the West. The history of intelligence, conspiracy and espionage.
Current research activities
I am currently writing a biography of the founder of the Soviet security police and poster-boy for the Putin era, Felix Dzerzhinsky. In my next project I will be looking at the influence of the Kremlin doctors on the conspiratorial worldview of the Communist leadership and the use medicine as an instrument of repression in the USSR.
A history of the Stalin revolution: I am working on a political, social and cultural history of the Stalin era before the Second World War. My interests in particular are focussed on the ‘other Stalinists’: both the allies and victims of the leader, the precursors and pioneers of the Stalinist system of government. I have received funding from the British Academy and Carnegie Trust for research in Moscow on this project.
Themes in Modern European History
History in Practice
Making of the Modern World
Revolutionary Russia, 1861-1921
Stalin’s Russia, 1921-1941
|Name||Degree||Thesis topic||Supervision type||Link|
|Galy, Ariane||PhD||Stalin and Stalinism in Western Historiography||Joint|
|Kokosalakis, Yiannis||PhD||The Communist Party in Soviet Society in the 1930s||Primary|
|Sambells, Chelsea||PhD||A Study of the Allied Evacuation Scheme of French, Belgian and Yugoslavian Children to Switzerland, 1942-1945||Secondary|
Books - Authored
Lauchlan, I. (2002) Russian Hide-and-Seek: The Tsarist Secret Police in St Petersburg, 1906-1914. Helsinki, Finland: SKS, Helsinki
Lauchlan, I. (2013) Guardians of the People's Total Happiness: The Origins and Impact of the Cult of the Cheka. Politics, Religion and Ideology, 14(4), pp. 521-539DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/21567689.2013.829048
Lauchlan, I. (2013) Feliks before the fall. A biographical approach to understanding Stalinism. The International Newsletter of Communist Studies, XIX(26), pp. 48-61
Lauchlan, I. (2001) The Accidental Terrorist: Okhrana connections to the extreme right & the attempt to assassinate Sergei Witte in 1907. Revolutionary Russia, 14(2), pp. 1-32DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09546540108575738
Lauchlan, I. (1992) The Serbian Struggle in Macedonia, 1890-1910. The South Slav Journal, 15, pp. 65-89
Lauchlan, I. (2017) A perfect spy chief? Feliks Dzerzhinsky and the Cheka. In: Maddrell, P., Moran, C., Iordanu, I. and Stout, M. (eds.) Spy Chiefs, Volume 2: Intelligence Leaders in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Washington: Georgetown University Press, pp. 97-122
Lauchlan, I. (2015) Young Felix Dzerzhinsky and the Origins of Stalinism. In: Kangaspuro, M. and Oittinen, V. (eds.) Discussing Stalinism: Problems and Approaches. Tampere, Finland: Aleksanteri Institute, Helsinki. Juvenes Print, Tampere, Finland., pp. 93-113
Lauchlan, I. (2013) Chekist Mentalité and the Origins of the Great Terror. In: Harris, J. (ed.) Anatomy of Terror: Political Violence under Stalin. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 13-28
Lauchlan, I. (2010) Felix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky. In: Pons, S. and Service, R. (eds.) A Dictionary of 20th-Century Communism. Princeton University Press
Lauchlan, I. (2010) Laughter in the Dark: Humour under Stalin. In: Anne Chamayou, A. (ed.) Le Rire Europeen. Presses Universitaires De Perpignan, pp. 257-274
Lauchlan, I. (2006) Felix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky. In: Silvio Pons, R. (ed.) Dizionario Del Comunismo. Einaudi
Lauchlan, I. (2005) The Okhrana: Security Policing in Late Imperial Russia. In: Thatcher, I. (ed.) Late Imperial Russia: Problems and Prospects. Manchester University Press, pp. 44-63
Lauchlan, I. (2002) Separate Realm: The Okhrana Myth and Russian Otherness. In: Chris J Chulos, J. (ed.) Imperial and National Identities in Pre-Revolutionary, Soviet, and Post-Soviet Russia. SKS, Helsinki, pp. 70-99