Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Rebecca Manley

Associate Professor
Russian and Soviet History; Modern Europe


Phone: 613-533-2232
Fax: 613-533-6298
Office: Watson Hall 214



Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2004
B.A., University of Toronto, 1996


Rebecca Manley specializes in the history of Russia and the Soviet Union. Her book To the Tashkent Station: Evacuation and Survival in the Soviet Union at War, 1941-1946 (Cornell University Press, 2009) reconstructs the displacement of over sixteen million Soviet civilians in the wake of the German invasion. Based on previously unexploited archival collections in Russia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan, the book offers a novel look at a war that transformed the lives of several generations of Soviet citizens. It was awarded the W. Bruce Lincoln Book Prize, awarded biannually by the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) for an author's first published monograph or scholarly synthesis that is of exceptional merit and lasting significance for the understanding of Russia's past and the 2010 Heldt Prize, awarded by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies for the best book by a woman in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian studies.

Rebecca is currently working on a book-length project entitled "Tsar Hunger: Conceiving Hunger in Modern Russian History" with the support of a SSHRC insight grant. The project examines the cultural conceptions and political ideas that informed the way Russians responded to hunger from the 1860s through to the collapse of the Soviet Union. It offers a fresh perspective on the place of hunger in modern Russian history by examining the way writers and revolutionaries, political economists and physiologists, government officials and philanthropists conceptualized and attempted to come to grips with hunger.

Courses Taught

The Soviet Experiment (HIST246)
Hunger in Modern European History (HIST 400)
The Russian Revolution (HIST421)
The Experience of War in Twentieth Century Europe (HIST451)
Topics in Modern European History (HIST813)
Imperial Borderlands: Russia and the Soviet Union (HIST 363)

Major Publications

“Nutritional Dystrophy: The Science and Semantics of Starvation,” in eds. Don Filtzer and Wendy Goldman, Hunger and War: Food Provisioning in the Soviet Union during World War II (Indiana University Press, 2015): 206-264.

“Économie de guerre et encadrement de la société en URSS,” in eds. Alya Aglan and Robert Frank, 1937-1947: la guerre-monde, vol. 2 (Gallimard: 2015), 1504-1542.

TO THE TASHKENT STATION: Evacuation and Survival in the Soviet Union at War (Cornell University Press 2009). Link to publisher

"The Perils of Displacement: The Soviet Evacuee between Refugee and Evacuee," forthcoming in Contemporary European History (2007)

"‘Where should we resettle the comrades next?': The adjudication of housing claims and the construction of the Post-War Order," in ed. Juliane Furst, Late Stalinist Russia: Society between Reconstruction and Reinvention (Routledge, 2006).

"L'URSS en guerre : la question de l'évacuation de la population civile," trans. Olivia Gomolinski, Communisme: Revue d'études pluridisciplinaires vol. 70-71 (2002), 159-179.