James Ryan

Dr James Ryan

Government of Ireland/Marie Curie CARA Postdoctoral Research Mobility Fellow in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Contact details: j.ryan@ucc.ie

James Ryan completed a Ph.D in Modern History at UCC, graduating in 2010. His dissertation, supervised by Professor Geoff Roberts, was published by Routledge in 2012. James was awarded a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in 2011, and was based at the University of Warwick (UK) for the first two years of the fellowship. James specializes in the intellectual history of state violence in Soviet Russia/the Soviet Union, and his current project is entitled 'An Intellectual History of Soviet State Violence, 1917-1939.'

Research Interests:
Modern Russian/Soviet history, including post-Soviet Russian politics and society; political violence.


James Ryan, Lenin's Terror. The Ideological Origins of Early Soviet State Violence, London and New York: Routledge, 2012.

Peer-reviewed articles
James Ryan, 'Cleansing NEP Russia: State Violence against the Russian Orthodox Church in 1922,' Europe-Asia Studies, Vol.65, No.9 (Nov., 2013)

James Ryan, '"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

James Ryan, 'Lenin's The State and Revolution and Soviet State Violence: a textual analysis,' Revolutionary Russia, Vol.20, No.2 (Dec., 2007), pp.151-72.

Book reviews
Carter Elwood, The Non-Geometric Lenin: Essays on the Development of the Bolshevik Party, 1910-1914, in Revolutionary Russia, Vol.26, No.1 (Jun., 2013), pp.79-81.
Lars T. Lih, Lenin, London: Reaktion Book, 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.2 (Dec., 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).

HI 2040 Soviet Communism in World Politics: From the Russian Revolution to the Cold War
HI 3131 Modern Russian and Soviet History


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