Semion Lyandres

Semion Lyandres



Graduate Program Field

European History


Faculty Fellow of Kellogg and Nanovic Institutes; Co-Director of the Program in Russian and East European Studies
Modern Russia


Ph.D., Stanford University

Research and Teaching Interests

Lyandres' current book-length project examines the ways in which pre-revolutionary ideas about a transitional post-monarchical regime and plans to depose Russia’s last monarch shaped the politics of the February Revolution and led to the creation of Russia’s first democratic government.


Semion Lyandres is the founder and North American editor of the international series Modern and Contemporary Russian History: Monographs and Documents and is also a joint founding editor of the Journal of Modern Russian History and Historiography. His publications include: The Bolshevik's German Gold Revisited: An Inquiry into the 1917 Accusations (1995); The Memoirs of Alexander Guchkov, President of the State Duma and a Minister of War in the Provisional Government (1993), with A. V. Smolin; A Chronicle of the Civil War in Siberia and Exile in China: The Diaries of Petr Vasil'evich Vologodskii, 1918-1925 (2002), in 2 volumes (with Dietmar Wulff), and most recently, The Fall of Tsarism: Untold Stories of the February 1917 Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2013, revised, pbk edn, 2014). He has held major fellowships from the German-American Academic Council Foundation, John M. Olin Foundation, the NEH, and the Earhart Foundation; and has published articles and essays in The Slavic Review, Kritika, The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, Russian History, Berliner Jahrbuch für osteuropaische Geschichte, Zmanim, The Journal of Modern Russian History and Historiography, and Otechestvennaia istoriia.

Contact Information

Office: 453 Decio
Phone: (574) 631-3853

Mailing Address:
Department of History
219 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556