Filip Slaveski

Staff member

Filip is an internationally-recognised expert on the Soviet period and its contemporary global echoes with further specialisations in German and Eastern European 20th century history. His work primarily focuses on military conflict and its aftermath, especially the intersections of hunger, mass violence, and political repression. Filip received his PhD in History from the University of Melbourne in 2010, where he taught History for a number of years, as well at La Trobe University in 2013, before coming to Deakin in 2014. He has taken up invitations for fellowships at research institutions in Ukraine, and much of his research is based on declassified Soviet archival sources that he consults annually in Russia and Ukraine. Filip’s archival-based publications are recognised as ‘ground-breaking’ by leading figures within the field. Filip is a committed historian and motorcyclist.

  • Research

    Filip recently completed an ARC DECRA entitled ‘The Chaotic Transition from War to Peace in Soviet-Occupied Europe, 1945-1953’ (Project ID: DE150100969).

    He is currently leading a team ARC Discovery application (under review) ‘The Last Soviet Famine, 1946/47: Drought and food crises in war’s aftermath’ (DP210100278), with Prof. Stephen Wheatcroft (Melbourne University), Prof. Hiroaki Kuromiya (Indiana, Bloomington), and Prof. Yurii Shapoval (Ukrainian Academy of Sciences). 

    Filip also is collaborating with Yurii Shapoval on a book with the working title Resistance is Not Futile: Oleksandr Shumskyi versus Joseph Stalin, 1926-1946.

    Filip’s research is based on a thorough examination of central and local sources across the former Soviet space, ranging from the village level to central decision-making bodies in Moscow, many of which have not been accessed previously. Filip’s major and original contribution to his field, recognised by his peers, is his capacity to bring to light new knowledge and understandings of complex historical phenomena that otherwise were missed, ignored, or not appreciated sufficiently. This contribution has shaped or is shaping new understandings in his field of Stalinism and WWII studies in the following areas: first, on the origins, operation, and consequences of mass violence of Soviet armies against civilian populations at home and in Europe during and after WWII; second, on the origins of the Cold War in post-war Germany; third, on the relationship between Soviet food systems, violence, and repression in the establishment of Soviet control over occupied territories; and, finally, on the resistance of local authorities to central control in post-war Stalinism during and after famine in post-war WWII Russia and Ukraine.


  • Publications

    Filip’s publications include:

    • forthcoming 2021. Filip Slaveski, Remaking Ukraine after WWII: The Clash of Central and Local Soviet Power. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 
    • 2013. Filip Slaveski, The Soviet Occupation of Germany: Hunger, Mass Violence and the Struggle for Peace, 1945-1947. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Cambridge historian of the Soviet economy and WWII John Barber writes this book ‘represents a landmark in the history of WWII’. The Times agreed, listing it in the Times Higher Education’s Books of 2013, ‘where the year’s best reads for work and pleasure [are] chosen by scholars and senior figures in the sector’.)
  • Teaching

    Filip has taught numerous subjects over fifteen years at undergraduate and postgraduate level, mainly on modern European history, but also in politics and international relations.  His 17 subjects have covered everything from the Russian and French revolutions, Stalinism, WWI, WWII, the Cold War, Historical theory and practice, the European Union, and even American societies. 

  • Awards, fellowships, and honours

    Invited keynote and speaker addresses

    • June 2019. Filip was fully funded by the Polish Foundation for Civic Space and Public Policy and the Polish Academy of Sciences to take part in the 18th annual edition of the prestigious conference series ‘Recovering Forgotten History: The Image of East-Central Europe in English-language Academic and Text Books’ in Warsaw/Poznan/Kyiv from 8-22 June 2019. These conferences are held each year to discuss the latest and most prominent contributions to the field by gathering their authors with other leading experts in discussion panels. 
    • Dec. 2018. Filip was invited to address the ‘History and Policy’ International Conference at King’s College, London, by the History and Policy Network, a collaboration between King’s College, London, and the University of Cambridge. 
    • July-Aug. 2018. Filip was Research Fellow at the Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies in the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
    • Nov. 2017. Filip delivered a keynote address at the ‘100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution’ Conference, held at Deakin University and attended by numerous international guest and scholars.
    • Oct. 2016. Filip was hosted by the Institute of History of Ukraine in the National Academy of Sciences to deliver his paper ‘Peasant Resistance to Government Corruption in Rebuilding Post-War Ukraine, 1945-48’ at their conference ‘Social Catastrophes in the first half of the 20th century in Ukraine’.
    • May 2015 Filip was hosted by one of Russia’s leading universities, the Higher School of Economics (HSE), to deliver his paper ‘Attacking Stalinism from Within’ at their conference in Moscow entitled ‘Europe, 1945: Liberation. Occupation. Retribution’.
    • May 2011. Filip was hosted by Jiao Tong University in Shanghai to deliver his paper ‘Soviet and Allied Food Wars’ at the International Workshop on Grain and Politics of the Twentieth Century.
  • Media and public events

    Filip engages with the media to help improve broader understandings of the contemporary echoes of Soviet history. He gives expert interviews to Sky News television, radio interviews locally and also internationally to the Voice of America (VOA), and publishes articles in The Conversation and print newspapers.

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