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Stephen Smith
British historian and academic

Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith
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Intro British historian and academic
Is Historian Academic
From United Kingdom
Field Education Social science
Gender male
Birth 1952
Age 71 years
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Stephen Anthony Smith, FBA, FRHistS (born 1952) is a British historian and academic. Since 2012, he has been Professor of History at the University of Oxford and a senior research fellow at All Souls College, Oxford.


Born in 1952, Smith completed his undergraduate studies at Oriel College, Oxford (1970–73), graduating with a modern history degree. In 1974, he was then awarded a Master of Social Science degree in Soviet studies from the University of Birmingham, where he remained to carry out doctoral studies; his PhD was awarded in 1980 for his thesis "The Russian Revolution and the factories of Petrograd, February 1917 to June 1918".


While completing his PhD, Smith taught at the Moscow State University from 1976 to 1977, and then joined the faculty of the University of Essex as a lecturer in 1977. He was promoted to a senior lectureship in 1984 and was then appointed Professor of History in 1991. In 2008, he moved to the European University Institute in Florence to be Professor of Comparative History, and remained there until 2012, when he was appointed Professor of History at the University of Oxford and a senior research fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. He was also editor of the journal Past & Present from 2009 to 2014.

Smith was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1995, and a Fellow of the British Academy, the United Kingdom's national academy, in 2014.

Research and bibliography

According to his college profile, Smith's "research interests are in the histories of modern Russia and China and in comparative Communism."

  • The Oxford Handbook of the History of Communism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).
  • Revolution and the People in Russia and China: A Comparative History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008).
  • (Co-authored with Alan Knight) The Religion of Fools? Superstition Past and Present, Past & Present supplement 3 (2008).
  • The Russian Revolution: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002).
  • Like Cattle and Horses: Nationalism and Labor in Shanghai, 1895–1927 (Durham NC: Duke University Press, 2002).
  • A Road is Made: Communism in Shanghai, 1920–27 (Honolulu/Richmond, UK: Curzon Press/University of Hawaii Press, 2000).
  • Red Petrograd: Revolution in the Factories, 1917–1918 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983).
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