Dominic Lieven

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Dominic Lieven at LSE October 2015

Dominic Lieven (born January 19, 1952) is a research professor at Cambridge University (Senior Research Fellow, Trinity College) and a Fellow of the British Academy[1][2] and of Trinity College, Cambridge.


Lieven was educated at Downside School, a Benedictine Roman Catholic boarding independent school in Stratton-on-the-Fosse, near Shepton Mallet in Somerset, followed by Christ's College, Cambridge, where he graduated top of the class of 1973 (Double First with Distinction), and was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University in 1973/4.

Russian and International History[edit]

Lieven is a writer on Russian history, on empires and emperors, on the Napoleonic era and the First World War, and on European aristocracy.[3] Lieven is on the Editorial Board of Journal of Intelligence and Terrorism Studies[4].

Personal life[edit]

Dominic Lieven is the second son and third child (of five children) of Alexander Lieven (of the Baltic German princely family, tracing ancestry to Liv chieftain Kaupo) by his first wife, Irishwoman Veronica Monahan (d. 1979). He is the elder brother of Anatol Lieven and Nathalie Lieven QC, and a brother of Elena Lieven and distantly related to the Christopher Lieven (1774–1839), Ambassador to the Court of St James 1812–1834, whose wife was Dorothea von Benckendorff, later Princess Lieven (1785–1857), a notable society hostess.

In May 2016, Lieven was one of 300 prominent historians who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian warning voters that if they chose to leave the European Union on 23 June they would be condemning Britain to irrelevance.[5][6]

Awards & Honours[edit]

1973-4: Kennedy Scholar, Harvard

1985: Humboldt Fellow

1998-9: British Academy Research Fellow

2005-8: Leverhulme Major Research Fellow

2009: Wolfson Prize, "Russia Against Napoleon" (Selected by The Economist as one of its "History Books of the Year")

2009: Prix de la Fondation Napoléon

2013: Order of Friendship, Russian Federation

2016: Pushkin House Prize, London, "Towards the Flame" (Selected by The Economist as one of its "History Books of the Year")


His main works include:

  • Russia and the Origins of the First World War, Macmillan Press (1983).
  • Russia's Rulers under the Old Regime, Yale U.P (1989).
  • The Aristocracy in Europe 1815/1914, Macmillan/Columbia UP (1992).
  • Nicholas II, John Murray/St Martin's Press (1993).
  • Empire. The Russian Empire and its Rivals, John Murray/Yale U.P (2003).
  • Russia Against Napoleon: The Battle for Europe, 1807 to 1814. Allen Lane/Penguin (2009)[7][8]
  • Towards the Flame: Empire, War and the End of Tsarist Russia, Allen Lane/Penguin, 448 pages (May 2015).

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