Nicholas Hall


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College: College of Humanities
Discipline: History
Department: Modern Languages
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My work at Exeter focuses on relationships between Britons and Soviet citizens, between 1928 and 1939, with the theme of 'sincerity' being the linchpin of my thesis. In this period many foreigners visited the USSR, and wrote of their experiences. Taking a cue from numerous British travel accounts that discuss the idea of an 'unofficial Russia', I look at how British travellers perceived their time in the Soviet Union, and sought the truth of that place and system. I am particularly interested in how the traveller’s experience and understanding of Soviet reality relates to Soviet citizens' understanding of the same reality, and how encounters between the two had significance in this respect.

Alongside study at Exeter, I have worked on several academic projects elsewhere. I was Research Associate to the Isaiah Berlin Literary Trust, Wolfson College, University of Oxford, where I  contributed research and writing to two volumes of Berlin's letters, and provided research for the publication of numerous editions of his essays.

I am also a co-convenor of the Anglo-Russian Research Network.

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