Brian Davies, Ph.D.

Professor, History

Brian Davies, Ph.D.


Summer 2024 Office Hours: TBD.


Brian Davies, a Professor of History, received a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from The University of Chicago. Dr. Davies specializes in Russian History. He has additional research interests in early modern European, Ottoman, and Central Asian history and is especially interested in the comparative study of state building in the early modern era, subaltern social history, and the development of the capitalist world system. He has published three monographs-- State Power and Community in Early Modern Russia (London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2004); Warfare, State and Society on the Black Sea Steppe, 1500-1700 (Routledge, 2007); Empire and Military Revolution in Eastern Europe (Continuum, 2011)—an edited volume, Warfare in Eastern Europe, 1500-1800 (Brill, 2011), and contributed two chapters to The Cambridge History of Russia. Volume One: From Early Rus' to 1689 (Cambridge University Press, 2006). The Russo-Turkish War, 1768-1774: Catherine II and the Ottoman Empire (2014), He is at work on another book. Dr. Davies has developed several graduate-level courses addressing transnational issues, among them HIS 5013: Readings in Modern European History; HIS 5063: Readings in Early Modern European History; HIS 6483 Topics in Comparative History: Empire; and HIS 6813/ 6903 Proseminar/Seminar Sequence: The Making of the Modern Capitalist World-System. Davies is also available for Independent Study on topics in the political and social history of Russia and Eastern Europe, early modern Western Europe, Dar al-Islam, Central Asia, military history, and comparative studies.

Research Interests

  • Russia and the Soviet Union
  • European Cultural History
  • Islam
  • Military History

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