Alexander Martin

Alexander Martin

Professor

Email
a.m.martin@nd.edu
Phone
(574) 631-9907
Office
412 Decio
Education
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Time Period(s)
Early Modern, Modern
Theme(s)
Intellectual, Political, Urban
Geography(s)
Europe, Russia

Alexander Martin's research focuses on Imperial Russia between the mid-18th and mid-19th century. His first monograph was an intellectual and political history: Romantics, Reformers, Reactionaries, a study of Russian conservatism in the era of the Napoleonic Wars. His second was an urban history: Enlightened Metropolis, a book that explores the transformation of Moscow into a modern city from the perspective of social, intellectual, and urban history. He has also edited and translated Dmitrii Rostislavov’s Provincial Russia in the Age of Enlightenment, an account of a village boy’s encounter with Imperial Russia’s schools, bureaucracy, and hierarchical social order.  

His current project is titled A Man of Two Empires: J.A. Rosenstrauch’s Odyssey in the Holy Roman Empire and Tsarist Russia.  This is a microhistory of an obscure but colorful individual who lived in Germany and Russia as a barber-surgeon, actor, merchant, freemason, pastor, and writer.  Reconstructing Rosenstrauch’s story and the worlds in which he lives, A Man of Two Empires is an exploration of empire, mobilities, and self-fashioning in the era of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars.  

From 2003 to 2011, Martin was an editor of Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History.

Books

Enlightened Metropolis: Constructing Imperial Moscow, 1762-1855 (Oxford University Press, 2013).  Winner of the Marc Raeff Prize of the Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies Association and the Best Book Award (non-North American) of the Urban History Association.  Russian edition published in 2015.

Editor and author of the introduction to И. А. Розенштраух, Исторические происшествия в Москве 1812 года во время присутствия в сем городе неприятеля [J. A. Rosenstrauch, Historical Events in Moscow in 1812 at the Time of the Enemy’s Presence in this City] (Moscow: NLO, 2015)

Editor and translator of Dmitrii Rostislavov, Provincial Russia in the Age of Enlightenment: The Memoir of a Priest’s Son (Northern Illinois University Press, 2002)

Romantics, Reformers, Reactionaries: Russian Conservative Thought and Politics in the Reign of Alexander I (Northern Illinois University Press, 1997)