Dr. Masha Cerovic | Associated Researcher

Mobilities, Migrations, Reconfiguration of Spaces
Centre Marc Bloch, Friedrichstraße 191, D-10117 Berlin
Email: masha.cerovic  ( at )  ehess.fr Tel: +33 1 40 46 27 90

Home Institution : EHESS | Position : Assistant Professor | Disciplines : History |


2018-2019: Fellow at the Centre Marc Bloch (Marc Bloch Chair)

Since 2017: Assistant professor at the EHESS, Chair "The Government of War. The Russian imperial state and irregular warfare (19th - 21st centuries)"

Doctor in History; PhD in Soviet history, 2012, under the supervision of Marie-Pierre Rey, Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University, title: "Joseph's Children. Soviet Partisans: Civil War, Revolution and Armed Resistance to the German Occupation (1941-1944)"

Vice-director of the French-Russian Research Center in Moscow (2014-2015)


I am interested in the different aspects and practices associated with "irregular" wars (partisan warfare in Russian) in the Russian imperial (post-) space, which I consider as political violence, whether deployed by "insurgents", "rebels" or "resistance fighters", or by state military forces of "counterinsurgency", "policing", conquest or colonization.


My main current areas of research are related to:


  •      the 1940s and the German-Soviet confrontation. Building on my PhD work on Soviet partisans, I continue to be interested in Nazi anti-partisan policies and the multiple guerrilla movements that have developed in response to imperial occupations during this decade.
  •      the role of irregular wars and their actors in the government of the Russian imperial space from the end of the nineteenth century to the thirties.
  •     the use of irregular warfare as an instrument of Russian imperial policy on the margins of the empire in the long term. In this context, I am currently working on the military relations between Russians and Kurds since 1878 as part of a project led by Etienne Peyrat.

Institution of thesis

Insitut Pierre Renouvin

Russia and the Kurds: Sharing War (19th-21st centuries)

As part of my research on irregular warfare, I am currently working on the military dimension of Russian-Kurdish relations since 1878, as part of the RUSKURD project led by Etienne Peyrat (University of Lille).


Les Enfants de Staline. La guerre des partisans soviétiques (1941-1944), Paris, Seuil, coll. L'Univers historique, 2018

                        Reviewed in English by Tarik Cyril Amar: https://www.histoire-politique.fr/index.php?numero=36&rub=comptes-rendus&item=683

                       Award for Best History Book in French at the Rendez-Vous de l'Histoire de Blois 2018; Award for the best 2018 book in French on the history of the Resistance, awarded by the Foundation of the Resistance (Paris)



« Le monde des partisans », in Bruno Cabanes et al. (dir.), Une histoire de la guerre - Du XIXe siècle à nos jours. Paris, Seuil, 2018, p.327-337.

« Fighters Like No Others : The Soviet Partisans in the Wake of War », in Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann et al. (dir.), Seeking Peace in the Wake of War : Europe, 1943-1947, Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press, 2016, p. 203-216

« Le front germano-soviétique (1941-1945): une apocalypse européenne », in Robert Frank et al. (dir.), 1937-1947: La Guerre-monde, T.1, Paris, Folio Gallimard, 2015, p. 913-961

« Я вижу кровавое море, в котором плавают корабли построенные из человеческих костей”: Военный опыт советских партизан в Великой Отечественной войне », in Nikolaj Mikhailov et al. (dir.), Маленький человек и большая война в истории России: середина XIX — середина XX в., Sankt-Petersburg, Nestor-Istoria, 2014.

« La question agraire en Bielorussie durant l’occupation allemande (1941-1944) », Hypothèses, 2010 / 1, p. 219-228

« Воспоминания ветерана Лельчицкой партизанской бригады ГРУ Т. Марковской », avec Alexander Gogun, Голокост і сучасність. Студії в Україні і світі (Holocaust and Modernity. Studies in Ukraine and the World), 2009, 1/5, p. 71-103

« "Au chien, une mort de chien" : les partisans face aux "traitres a la patrie" », Cahiers du Monde Russe, 2008, 49/2-3, p. 239-262

« De la paix a la guerre : les habitants de Minsk face aux violences d’occupation allemandes », Relations internationales, 2006/2, n°126, p. 67-79