About me

Email

j.ryan@ucc.ie

Bio

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).
More generally, I am interested in modern Russian/Soviet history, including contemporary Russia, and I spend a considerable amount of time in Russia.
I am interested in political violence and radical political thought, and the significance of ideology in explaining political behaviour.

Keywords

Modern Russia/Soviet Union; Leninism; Stalinism; intellectual history; political violence; ideology; twentieth-century; World War One; inter-war Europe; genocide; massacre.

Member Details

Full Name

James Ryan (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian

Experience

Education

2005-2009: Ph.D Modern History, University College Cork.

2002-2005: B.A (Hons), University College Cork.

Employment

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.

Teaching

2014:
Modern Russian and Soviet History (Third-year undergraduate module, UCC)
Soviet Communism in World Politics (Second-year undergraduate module, UCC)
2011:
Themes in Russian and Soviet History (UCC)
Soviet Communism in World Politics (UCC)
Political Extremism (third-year Politics degree module, UCC)
Case study in Historical Sources and Methods (second-year module, UCC)
2010:
Themes in Russian and Soviet History (UCC)
Soviet Communism in World Politics (UCC)

Outreach activities

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)
British Association for Slavonic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (BASEES)
Study Group on the Russian Revolution (SGRR, BASEES)
Irish Association for Russian, Central and East European Studies (IARCEES)

Publications

Books

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.

Other Journals

‘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].

Reviews

(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).