Happy New Year to all readers!
2019 saw a bit of a downturn in my blogging output – only 86 posts, compared to 101 in 2018. In part this was due to lack of inspiration; in part due to being busy with other things, such as promoting my new book, attending conferences, writing academic articles, and so on. Outside of the blog, it was a good year publication-wise – a book, a couple of chapters in edited volumes, and several academic articles. Otherwise, the highlight of my work year was taking some students to Russia in June. Sadly, I won’t be able to recreate that experience in summer 2020 as insufficient students registered, and we’ve had to cancel the course. It’s quite hard to persuade students to go to Russia, a problem which I know professors have encountered in other universities. Still, it will leave more time for new projects:
- the next book, which I can now announce will be on the topic of Russian liberalism. I aim to complete it by the end of 2022.
- some preparatory work to enable me to submit a grant application for the book after that, which will be a biography of Tsar Alexander III.
- co-editing a volume on military intelligence.
Along with that, I hope to find sufficient things to write about on this blog. Coming this way in January, for instance, will be a book review of ‘The Russian Understanding of War’ by Oscar Jonsson. Look out for that, and more.
Best wishes to you all for 2020.