Mara Kozelsky

Mara Kozelsky

Department of History


Crimea In War and Transformation

Published by Oxford University Press, Crimea in War and Transformation is the first book to examine the toll of the Crimean War on civilians living at or near the battlefields from mobilization through reconstruction. It also:

  • is the first book to consider the impact of the Crimean War on animals and the environment;
  • explores the aftermath of war, including the mass exodus of Crimean Tatars;
  • shows how violence transformed state and society at home and across the empire; and
  • provides crucial context for understanding Crimea's position in Russia and Ukraine today.

Current Research

  • Crimean War Translation Project (CWTP)
    A collaboration with Russian language specialists, Dr. Nicholas Gossett and Ekaterina Zakharova, the CWTP makes the Russian imperial experience of the Crimean War accessible to Anglophone students and scholars by translating key documents of the Crimean War from Russian into English.

Other Publications


  • Contributing co-editor with Lucien J. Frary, Russian-Ottoman Borderlands: the Eastern Question Reconsidered.  Madison: Wisconsin University Press 2014.
  • Christianizing Crimea: Shaping Sacred Space in the Russian Empire and Beyond.  DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2010.
  • Contributing co-editor with Philip L. Kohl and Nachman Ben-Yehuda, Selective Remembrances: Archaeology in the Construction, Commemoration, and Consecration of National Pasts.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.
See More


  • HY 102  Western Civilization II
  • HY 246  History of the USSR
  • HY 337  History of Eastern Europe
  • HY 338  History of Russia
  • HY 401/501  History of Holy War, from Early Times to the Present
  • HY 442  Undergraduate Research Seminar: History of War in Russia 
  • HY 442  Undergraduate Research Seminar: History of Holy War
  • HY 451    States, Nations, and Nationalism (W)
  • HY 457/557  Stalin’s Russia
  • HY 457/557  History of Eastern Christianity
  • HY 540  Modern European Historiography
  • HY 542  World Historiography
  • HY 590  Europe and Empire