Bodie A. Ashton.

Bodie A. AshtonI’m a Ph.D. in History, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. My primary area of expertise is German history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I am experienced in the use of historical archives, particularly in Germany, and I am fluent in German.

In addition to writing my thesis, I am also often employed as a sessional tutor, and I have taught at both the University of Adelaide and at Flinders University, in areas ranging from general European and imperial histories from 1492 to 1900, the twentieth century, European great powers and their influence in the Middle East, and Russian and Soviet history. My interests are broad, and I have lectured and written papers on various issues relating to political, social, economic, and military history, though my primary historical loves remain Germany and Russia.

When I’m not researching, writing, or teaching history, I enjoy writing science-fiction. I am a jazz fan, and I do my best work sitting in a coffee bar with a million books. Hence, the title of this blog!

My profile can be found here.


One response to “Contributors

  1. Hi! Just noticed your post about WWI in Russia. I enjoyed it quite a bit but was a little disappointed with no mention of the plight of Jews during this period. The ethnic cleansing was epic, especially during Russia’s retreat, as Jews were widely thought to be spying for the Germans.
    Please check out my website,
    For info on and excerpts of my book “Rasputin and The Jews: A Reversal of History” and my English translation of my great-great uncle’s memoirs, “Rasputin: The Memoirs of His Secretary” by Aron Simanovitch.

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