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Dr Alexander Titov

BA(Hons), MA, PhD (Lond.)

Lecturer in Modern European History

Exams officer, History PGT

Joint pathway co-ordinator, History and Politics / International Studies


Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 3862

Office: 17UQ.206


A native of St Petersburg, Alex Titov read philosophy and economics at University College London. He stayed at UCL to do an MA in Legal and Political Theory, followed by a doctoral degree in Russian history at UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He continued his academic career as a research fellow at the University of Birmingham, working on an AHRC-funded project on policy and governance in the Soviet Union under Khrushchev. Two lecturing appointments followed, first at his alma mater UCL, and then at the University of Leeds, before finally arriving to Queen’s in September 2012.

Research interests

Dr Titov has two main research areas. The first, based on his doctoral research, is in the history of political thought and national ideologies in the 20th century. The specific focus, and the subject of a forthcoming monograph, is life and work of a key figure in the Eurasian intellectual and political movement, Lev Gumilev (1912-1992), a distinguished ethnologist, historian and geographer as well as the only son of Russia’s two famous poets, Anna Akhmatova and Nikolai Gumilev. The second area is Soviet political history in the post-Stalin period; Dr Titov is currently working on a new biography of Nikita Khrushchev for Routledge’s ‘Historical Biographies’ series. Finally, he has a keen interest in contemporary politics and foreign policy of Russia and is currently completing a co-authored article on the Russian perception of the Baltic states since 1991.


  • Which way out of Ukraine - Versailles, Yalta or Vienna? History and Policy, October 2014
  • ‘The Party against the State. Reforms of the Communist Party’s Central Committee under Nikita Khruschev’, Neprikosnovennyi zapas, 83 (3), 2012, pp. 155-66. (In Russian, available onlineat
  • ‘The Central Committee apparatus under Khrushchev’ in Khrushchev in the Kremlin: Policy and Governance in the Soviet Union, 1953–1964, Jeremy Smith and Melanie Ilic (eds.) (London, Routledge, 2011), pp. 41-54.
  • ‘The 1961 Party Programme and the fate of Khrushchev’s reforms’ in Soviet State and Society under Nikita Khrushchev, Jeremy Smith and Melanie Ilic (eds) (London, Routledge, 2009), pp. 8–26.
  • 'Danilevskii's Cultural-historical type and Gumilev's superethnos: limits of similarity', Uchenie L.N. Gumileva i sovremennost, A.I. Chistobaev (ed.), (St Petersburg, St Petersburg University Press, 2009), pp. 33–44.
  • ‘A history of several mistakes: Gumilev and Eurasians’ (co-authored with V. Ermolaev), Revue des Etudes Slaves, 76 (4), 2005, pp. 499–510. (In Russian and French, avlailable online at

Entry on PURE research portal



HIS1002 Exploring History 2 (The USSR and the World)

HIS1004 Revolutions

HIS2050 European between the Wars

HIS3039 The Soviet Union, 1921-1991


MHY7035 Historiography