Matthias Neumann

Matthias Neumann

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Personal profile

Biography

Matthias Neumann is Senior Lecturer in Modern Russian History at the University of East Anglia, UK. He has published widely on the history of childhood and youth in revolutionary Russia. His book The Communist Youth League and the Transformation of the Soviet Union, 1917-1932 was published by Routledge in 2011. It has been translated into Spanish and was published in South America 2019. Neumann is the co-editor of volume entitled Rethinking the Russian Revolution as Historical Divide: Tradition, Rupture and Modernity which was published with Routledge in 2017. He is also the President of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES). His current research project examines cultural exchange programmes which enabled American children to visit the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

External Activities

  • Dr Neumann is the President of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES)
  • Associate Editor of Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History

  • Co-Editor of HISTORY, the Journal of the Historical Association (published by Wiley)

  • Member of the National Advisory Board of Europe-Asia Studies

Academic Background

M.A.  Modern History, Social and Economic History, and Political Science; Dresden University of Technology, Germany (2004)

Ph.D. Modern History; University of East Anglia (2008)

Administrative Posts

  • Dr Neumann is the Head of School.

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Dr Neumann is particularly interested in the interrelationship between social, cultural and political developments in 20th century European history and the period of revolutionary Russia in particular. His PhD research dealt with the Communist Youth League (Komsomol) in Soviet Russia between 1917-1932. It broadens our understanding of the social and political dimension of membership in the Komsomol during this momentous period in Russian history and in doing sheds light on the complicated interchange between ideology, policy and reality in the league’s evolution and development.

His new research project examines cultural exchange programmes which enabled American children to visit the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Dr Neumann is willing to supervise MA and research students interested in various aspects of the history of revolutionary Russia and the history of childhood and youth.

Supervision of PhD-projects to date:

  • ‘Cult of the 'Urka': criminal subculture in the Gulag, 1924-53’
  • ‘Becoming Soviet: Lost Cultural Alternatives in Ukraine, 1917-1933’
  • ‘The Soviet Children’s Picture Book, 1917-1935’
  • ‘Understanding and Treatment of Mental Illness in the Soviet Union after Stalin’

 

 

   

Teaching Interests

Dr Neumann has been teaching and contributing to a number of modules in Modern European History at the School of History:

Level 4:    

  • Introduction to Modern History
  • Visual(ising) History
  • The Holocaust in History
  • Age of Extremes

Level 5:  

  • Imperial Russian and Soviet History, 1861-1941
  • The Cold War: A New History
  • Propaganda

 Level 6:    

  • Stalin and Stalinism: The USSR 1924-1953
  • Youth in Modern Europe

 MA:                 

  • Modernity in Russia