I am currently a Government of Ireland CARA/Marie Curie COFUND Postdoctoral Research Fellow, and I am working on a book manuscript provisionally entitled '"We value and love life too much": An Intellectual History of Soviet State Violence, 1918-1939.' I was previously based at the University of Warwick, and I am currently at University College Cork.
I completed a B.A. in History and Psychology at UCC in 2005, and I graduated with a Ph.D in Modern History at UCC in 2010. My dissertation was published as a monograph by Routledge in 2012, entitled 'Lenin's Terror. The Ideological Origins of Early Soviet State Violence.'
|Areas of expertise||
My research centres on the intellectual aspects of Soviet state violence (primarily how violence was justified by the Bolshevik/Communist party, and how violence relates to the ideology of Marxism-Leninism).
Modern Russia/Soviet Union; Leninism; Stalinism; intellectual history; political violence; ideology; twentieth-century; World War One; inter-war Europe; genocide; massacre.
James Ryan (Professional Historian)
2005-2009: Ph.D Modern History, University College Cork.
2002-2005: B.A (Hons), University College Cork.
2011-2014: Government of Ireland CARA/Marie Curie COFUND Postdoctoral Research Mobility Fellow in the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Warwick and University College Cork.
2010-2011: Assistant Lecturer in Modern History, University College Cork.
I am involved with the HistoriansConnect project, based in London. This involves collaboration between professional academic historians and secondary school history teachers and students.
|Committees & Associations||
Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)
Lenin's Terror. The Ideological Origins of Early Soviet State Violence (London and New York: Routledge, 2012)
|Peer Reviewed Journals||
‘Cleansing NEP Russia: State Violence against the Russian Orthodox Church in 1922,’ Europe-Asia Studies, Vol.65, No.9 (Nov., 2013), pp.1807-26.
‘“Revolution is War”: The Development of the Thought of V.I. Lenin on Violence, 1899-1907,’ Slavonic and East European Review, Vol.89, No.2 (April, 2011), pp.248-73.
‘Lenin’s The State and Revolution and Soviet State Violence: a textual analysis,’ Revolutionary Russia, Vol. 20, No. 2 (Dec. 2007), pp.151-72.
‘Vlast’ i tserkov’: Politbiuro protiv Russkoi Pravoslavnoi Tserkvi v 1922 g.’ [Power and the Church: The Politburo against the Russian Orthodox Church in 1922], in Severo-Vostok Rossii na Rubezhe XIX-XXI vekov: vlast’ i obshchestvo, Iakutsk: 2012 [North-East Russia at the turn of the 19th-21st centuries: power and society].
(forthcoming) McReynolds, Louise, Murder Most Russian: True Crime and Punishment in Late Imperial Russia, Ithaca, NY and London: Cornell University Press, 2012, in Reviews in History.
Carter Elwood, The Non-Geometric Lenin: Essays on the Development of the Bolshevik Party, 1910-1914, London and New York: Anthem, 2011, in Revolutionary Russia, Vol.26, No.1 (Jun., 2013), pp.79-81.
Lars T. Lih, Lenin, London: Reaktion Books, 2011, in Slavonic and East European Review, Vol..90, No.2 (April, 2012), pp.363-5.
V.I. Lenin, Lenin’s Last Fight. Speeches and Writings, 1922-1923, New York: Pathfinder, 2010, in Revolutionary Russia, Vol.24, No.1 (Jun., 2011), pp.219-21.
Il’ia Sergeevich Rat’kovskii, Krasnyi terror i deiatel’nost’ VChK v 1918 gody, St.Petersburg: St.Petersburg University Press, 2006, in Revolutionary Russia, Vol.23, No.1 (Jun. 2010).