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Current Research Projects: Watson

The Institutions and Process of Government of the USSR during the Great Patriotic War
V.M. Molotov – a Biography
A Database of Soviet Government Decrees, 1930–1945

Principal investigator

Derek Watson

Institutional affiliation

Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham

Other investigators

Oleg Khlevniuk, GARF
Mme. S.V. Somonova GARF
Mme. L.N. Malushenko RGASPI

Title of project

The Institutions and Process of Government of the USSR during the Great Patriotic War

Starting date

December 2001

Sources of funding

Arts & Humanities Research Board

Brief description

This project aims to provide an account and explanation of the work
and changes in central government in the USSR during the Great Patriotic War. It aims to:

  • study the development and functioning of GKO
  • examine the work of Sovnarkom
  • assess the position of central Party bodies, especially the Politburo and Central Committee, testing the hypothesis that the importance of the Party was reduced
  • use this empirical work to theorise on the nature of Soviet government in wartime and on Stalinism

Results available?

Working papers will be disseminated in due course.


Principal investigator

Derek Watson

Institutional affiliation

Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham

Title of project

V.M. Molotov – a biography

Starting date

1996

Sources of funding

Leverhulme Trust, and
British Academy

Brief description

A political and personal biography of Molotov. The study will include sections on his career as a revolutionary, his role in domestic politics under Lenin, Stalin and Khrushchev, and work as commissar/minister for foreign affairs 1939-49 and 1953–6. Material on his private life, relations with his family, wife and as a pensioner will be included.

Results available?

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Principal investigator

Derek Watson

Institutional affiliation

Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham

Other investigators

S.V. Somonova (GARF, Moscow)

Title of project

A database of Soviet government decrees, 1930–1945

Starting date

1991

Sources of funding

British Academy

Brief description

The project aims to provide a computer listing of the title, date, reference numbers, signatories and classification of subject matter of the decrees of Sovnarkom and its main subcommissions, 1930–1945

Results available?

Contact Derek Watson for access to provisional outcomes

Research in Former Soviet Archives on Issues of Historical Political Economy

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