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Dr Filip Slaveski

Dr Filip Slaveski

Position: Alfred Deakin Research Institute Research Fellow
Phone: +61 3 524 79238
Campus: F


A list of the ten most significant relevant publications for the last five years:

  1. Slaveski, F., 2014. Are Europe and the world slipping back into a second Cold War? The Conversation [internet]. 18 November.
  2. Slaveski, F. 2014. Ukrainians would kill for a stable electoral process. Geelong Advertiser. 11 November.
  3. Slaveski, F., 2014. Academics and 'barbarians': why one article aroused Russian ire. The Conversation [internet]. 17 April 2014. Available at
  4. Slaveski, F., 2014. Who should be afraid of whom in Crimea? The Conversation [internet]. 28 March. Available at
  5. Slaveski, F., 2013a. The soviet occupation of Germany: hunger, mass violence and the struggle for peace, 1945-1947. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (This book is listed in the Times Higher Education's Books of 2013 (UK), 'where the year's best reads for work and pleasure [are] chosen by scholars and senior figures in the sector.')
  6. Slaveski, F., 2013b. The occupiers' burden: tackling food shortage and related health problems in post-war Germany, 1945-47. In L. H. Lumey and A. Vaiserman eds., 2013. Early Life Nutrition, Adult Health, and Development: Lessons from Changing Dietary Patterns, Famines, and Experimental Studies. New York: Nova.
  7. Edele, M. and Slaveski, F., 2014. Violence from below: explaining crimes against civilians in the soviet space, 1943-1947. Europe-Asia Studies (under review).
  8. Slaveski, F., 2008a. Violence and xenophobia as means of social control in times of collapse: The soviet occupation of post-war Germany, 1945-1947. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 54 (3), 389-402.
  9. Slaveski, F., 2008b. Competing occupiers: bloody conflicts between soviet and Polish authorities in the borderlands of post-war Germany and Poland, 1945-46. New Zealand Slavonic Journal, 42, pp. 137-55.

University recorded publications

Researcher output profile for Dr Filip Slaveski

Brief Biography

Filip Slaveski received his PhD in History from the University of Melbourne in 2010 and taught Russian and Soviet History there for a number of years. Most recently, he taught Contemporary European History and Politics at La Trobe University. Much of his research is based on declassified Soviet archival sources relevant to his major interests of Soviet occupations in post-war Eastern Europe, particularly in Germany and the post-war reconstruction of the Soviet Union itself. Filip has collaborated on international research projects investigating Soviet famine in 1946-47 and its impact on Eastern Europe, the demobilisation of the Red Army from 1945 and published journal articles and book chapters in this area. His current research project, 'The Chaotic Transition from War to Peace in Soviet-Occupied Europe, 1945-1953', compares the experiences of social collapse and reconstruction across this region to better understand the continuation of post-war mass violence against the Soviet state and its responses. This project's focus on the interrelated impacts of violence, famine, and state repression on post-war development sheds insights also into how the consequences of this violent past reverberate across this region today.

Filip's most recent work is entitled, The soviet occupation of Germany: hunger, mass violence and the struggle for peace, 1945-1947 (Cambridge 2013). He is also the co-founder of the Australian Russianist Study Group (ARSG), established in 2013 as a regular forum for the discussion of Russian history and contemporary Russian politics in Australia. ARSG connects scholars across Australia and the globe, who stage joint web seminars where members present their research for discussion and critique.

Filip has been awarded a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) beginning in 2015 by the Australian Research Council (ARC).

Conference submissions

Slaveski, F., 2013. Brutalized peace? Demobilisation and violence in the Soviet Union, 1914-1953. Inaugural Conference of the Australian Russianist Study Group (ARSG) at Latrobe University, November 2013.

Slaveski, F., 2011. The russian civil war in Germany, 1945-49. Australasian Association of European Historians (AAEH) biennial Conference. Perth, University of Western Australia, July 2011.

Slaveski, F., 2011. Soviet and british food wars in occupied Germany, 1945-49. International Workshop on Grain and Politics of the Twentieth Century. Shanghai, Jiao Tong University, May 2011.

Slaveski, F., 2010. Separating the wheat from the chaff: soviet and british food polices in occupied Germany, 1945-47. International Workshop on Famines of the Twentieth Century. Melbourne, University of Melbourne, June, 2010.

Slaveski, F., 2010. Demobilisation and violence in soviet-occupied Germany, 1945-47. International Workshop on Demobilisation and Violence after the Two World Wars-Global Perspectives. Perth, University of Western Australia, April, 2010.

Slaveski, F., 2009. The masterpieces of stalinist politics: soviet responses to food shortages in post-war Germany, 1945-46. International Conference on Modern World Famines. Melbourne, University of Melbourne, March, 2009.

Slaveski, F., 2008. The importance of mass docility in the administration of occupied territories: the role of policing and violence in the soviet occupation of post-war Germany 1945-47. Australasian Association of European Historians (AAEH) biennial Conference. Sydney, University of Sydney, July, 2007.

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