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Faculty Bio

Marks, Steven G.

Marks, Steven G.

Alumni Professor

Office: 106 Hardin Hall
Phone: (864) 656-3153

Research Interests
Russia, Spain, world economic history

Ph.D., Harvard University (1988)

Professor Marks’ research focuses on the intersection of culture and economics. His most recent monograph, The Information Nexus (2016), offers a new interpretation of the history of global capitalism from the Middle Ages to the present. His second book, How Russia Shaped the Modern World (2003), explored the international reception of Russian culture and ideas; his first book, Road to Power (1991), was a study of the Trans-Siberian railroad. He is currently co-editing a volume on the Russian Civil War and writing a history of Spanish wine. He has received awards for both teaching and research, including the 2018 CAAH Faculty Member of the Year Award (by student vote), and The Richard Stites Senior Scholar Award given by the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (2017).

Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

The Global Impacts of Russia’s Great War and Revolutions: Book 2, Parts 1-2, The Wider Arc of Revolution (Bloomington, Slavica, 2019). Co-editor

The Information Nexus: Global Capitalism from the Renaissance to the Present (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016)

Russian Culture in War and Revolution, 1914-22, Books 1-2 (Bloomington: Slavica, 2014). Co-editor

The Russo-Japanese War in Global Perspective, vol. II—Asian Contributors (Leiden: Brill, 2006). Co-editor

How Russia Shaped the Modern World: From Art to Anti-Semitism, Ballet to Bolshevism. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004)

Road to Power: The Trans-Siberian Railroad and the Colonization of Asian Russia. (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1991)

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

“’Workers of the World Fight and Unite for a White South Africa’: The Rand Revolt, the Red Scare, and the Roots of Apartheid,” in The Global Impacts of Russia’s Great War and Revolutions: Book 2, Part 1, The Wider Arc of Revolution (Bloomington, Slavica, 2019)

“Brius Menning kak nastavnik: vospominaniia i marginalii iz kontsa 1970-x,” Russkii sbornik, vol. 26 (Moscow, 2018)

"The Global Legacy of the Russian Revolution: A Comparative Perspective," Revolutionary Russia, vol. 31, no. 2 (2018)

"Cultural Migrations between Spain and Russia," Cuadernos de Historia Contemporánea (Universidad Complutense Madrid), vol. 38 (2016)

“The Russian Experience of Money, 1914-1924,” in Russian Culture in War and Revolution, 1914-22, book 2, ed. Murray Frame et al. (Bloomington: Slavica, 2014)

"Russian War Finance, 1914-1917," in 1914-1918 Online: International Encyclopedia of the First World War (Berlin, 2014)

Review essay on Jonathan Sperber’s Karl Marx: A Nineteenth Century Life , in Society (March/April 2014)

The Soviet Union's Gift to America: The Word 'Capitalism'," Society (March 2012)

“The Historical Context: Russia from 800 to 1992,” in Understanding Contemporary Russia, ed. Michael Bressler (2009)

"'Bravo, Brave Tiger of the East!': The War and the Rise of Nationalism in British Egypt and India," in The Russo-Japanese War in Global Perspective, vol. I (2005)

"Conquering the Great East: Kulomzin, Peasant Resettlement, and the Creation of Modern Siberia," in Rediscovering Russia in Asia: Siberia and the Russian Far East , ed. Stephen Kotkin and David Wolff (Armonk: M.E. Sharpe, 1995)