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dhr. dr. M.C. (Marc) Jansen

gastonderzoeker Oost-Europese studies
Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
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    Marc Jansen s tudied history at the University of Amsterdam (1967-73), taking his doctor's degree at the same university in 1979. 1973-2011 he taught Russian and East European Studies there, lately as part of the European Studies program. He has also been employed by the Dutch Research Organization NWO, the University of Utrecht , and the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam. Published books and articles on Russian and Soviet history and politics, regularly appears for the media as a specialist on Russia and the former Soviet Union. During several years lived and worked in Moscow, travelled to many parts of Russia and other former Soviet countries. On behalf of the OSCE observed elections in Russia (1993-2011), Ukraine (1994-2007), Georgia (2004), Kazakhstan (1994), and Kyrgyzstan (1995). (See the author's 'Over de zin van verkiezingswaarneming', L. Versteegh et al., red., De veelzijdige burger, Amsterdam 2005.)
    Since October 2011 guest researcher, European Studies Department,  University of Amsterdam.

    Themes of interest:

    1. State repression and terror under Lenin and Stalin, with special attention for the role of the judiciary.

    Main publications:

    A Show Trial under Lenin: The Trial of the Socialist Revolutionaries, Moscow 1922 , The Hague 1982, xvi+232 p. Enlarged Russian ed.: Sud bez suda, 1922 god: Pokazatel'nyi protsess sotsialistov-revoliutsionerov, Moscow 1993, 272 p. Dutch ed. 1980;

    'The Bar during the First Years of the Soviet Regime: N.K. Murav'ev', Revolutionary Russia, Vol. 3 (1990), No. 2, pp. 211-223;

    Stalin's Loyal Executioner: People's Commissar Nikolai Ezhov, 1895-1940 , Stanford, California, 2002, xiii+274 p. (together with N. Petrov). Enlarged Russian ed.: ' Stalinskii pitomets' - Nikolai Ezhov , Moscow 2008, 447 p.;

    'Mass Terror and the Court: The Military Collegium of the USSR ', Europe-Asia Studies , Vol. 58 (2006), No. 4, pp. 589-602 (together with N. Petrov ).

    Current research project, together with the Russian historian Dr. Nikita Petrov: The role in the Stalinist terror of the USSR Supreme Court's Military Collegium, presided over byV. Ul'rikh. During 1937-38, for alleged treason, tens of thousands of people were sentenced by this body, the overwhelming majority to the death penalty. On the basis of documents from Russian archives as well as available literature, it will be examined to what extent the judgements of the Military Collegium were determined by the political authorities of the Soviet Union, Stalin first of all. If they were determined by the political authorities, what was the reason for the juridical appearance.

    2. Current political and social developments in Russia and other post-Soviet states.

    Main publication:

    Een geschiedenis van Rusland: Van Rurik tot Poetin , Amsterdam 2008, 490 p. (revised ed. of J.W. Bezemer's book, enlarged with chapters on the Yeltsin and Putin period) .

    3. Islamic backgrounds in Russia and the (former) Soviet Union, including the Caucasus and Central Asia

    Main publication:

    'Chechnya and Russia , Between Revolt and Loyalty', F. Companjen et al. (eds.), Exploring the Caucasus in the 21st Century: Essays on Culture, History and Politics in a Dynamic Context, Amsterdam 2010, pp. 91-110.

    4. Socialist opposition in the early Soviet years and its suppression, Socialist Revolutionaries, their leader Viktor Chernov.

    Main publications:

    A show trial (see above);

    Partiia Sotsialistov-Revoliutsionerov posle Oktiabr'skogo perevorota 1917 goda. Dokumenty iz arkhiva P.S.-R. , Amsterdam 1989, xvii+772 p.;

    Viktor Chernov, Konstruktivnyi sotsializm, Moscow 1997, ix+647 p., ed. and introd. M. Jansen.

    5. Dutch-Russian relations.

    Main publications:

    'Frits Kuiper in Kazan : Hulp aan hongerende studenten, 1922-1924', J. Driessen, M. Jansen, W. Roobol (red. ), Rusland in Nederlandse ogen: Een bundel opstellen, Amsterdam 1986, pp. 187-212;

    '"Russia Is and Will Remain a Mystery for Us": Nico van Wijk About Russia and Eastern Europe', B.M. Groen et al. (eds.), Nicolaas van Wijk (1880-1941): A Collection of Essays on his Life and Work, Amsterdam 1988, pp. 79-88;

    'L.H. Grondijs and Russia : The Acts and Opinions of a Dutch White Guard', Revolutionary Russia, Vol. 7 (1994), No. 1, pp. 20-33;

    'Stalin's Hand in Rotterdam : The Murder of the Ukrainian Nationalist Yevhen Konovalets in May 1938', Intelligence and National Security, Vol. 9 (1994), No. 4., pp. 676-694 (together with B. de Jong).

    6. History of Ukraine.


    Living in Moscow during perestroika, closely following a closed society opening up. Travelling through the wide demesnes of the (former) Soviet Union , as a tourist, accompanying journalists or students groups, or as election observer on behalf of the OSCE. Can you think of any better way to get to such different exotic places like Zhovty Vody, Cherkassy , Odessa , Ternopil, Kamen Kashirskii, Nikopol , Shymkent, Talas, Belgorod , Pskov , Vladivostok , Tula , Marneuli, Senaki?

    Working in the Soviet, later Russian, archives when they were just opening up. Having missed these archives during the research for my dissertation (closed in those times), during the second half of the 1980s with the backing of the International Institute of Social History I was able to make up for this, very gradually, as the glasnost was not immediately translated into the minds and ways of the Moscow archival institutions. After 1991 for a certain amount of time the archives felt like heaven, to partially get back to the older methods again later on. Finding back a trainload of collections that had disappeared from the Netherlands during World War II and ended up in a secret Moscow archive, a discovery that was very much appreciated by the Institute for Women's History, first of all

    Publications can be found here:
      http://dare.uva.nl/cgi/b/bib/bib-idx?type=simple&lang=nl&c=uvadare&rgn1=dai&q1= 068916477

  • Publicaties



    • Jansen, M. (2016). 'In onze aderen stroomt geen bloed maar houtsap': Konstantin Fedins roman De ontvoering van Europa en de Nederlandse houthandelsfirma Peltenburg. In P. Boulogne, W. Coudenys, T. Soldatjenkova, & L. Verpoest (Eds.), "Ljublju tebja, Petra tvorene" = "Ik hou van jou, Peters creatie" : Festsrift v cest Emmanuelja Vagemansa = Festschrift voor Emmanuel Waegemans (pp. 461-473). (Pegasus Oost-Europese Studies; Vol. 28). Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Pegasus. [details]


    • Jansen, M. (2015). A Dutch travellers' note's from Vladikavkaz just before the dissolution of the Soviet Union: ethnic deportations and conflicts. In Introduction to European Encounters with Georgia in Past and Present (pp. 127-143). (ანთროპოლოგიური კვლევანი = Anthropological Researches; No. II). Tbilisi: Universal. [details]
    • Jansen, M. (2015). One or More Ukraines? In R. van der Laarse, M. N. Cherenkov, V. V. Proshak, & T. Mykhalchuk (Eds.), Religion, State, Society and Identity in Transition: Ukraine (pp. 47-67). Oisterwijk: Wolf Legal Publishers. [details]


    • Jansen, M. (2014). Boris Sapir: rossiǐskiǐ sot︠s︡ialist i istorik rossiǐskogo sot︠s︡ialisticheskogo dvizhenii︠a︡. In K. N. Morozov (Ed.), Sudʹby demokraticheskogo sot︠s︡ializma v Rossii: sbornik materialov konferent︠s︡ii (pp. 241-255). Moskva: Izdatelʹstvo im. Sabashnikovykh. [details]
    • Jansen, M., & Petrov, N. (2014). Stalin'in baş celladı: halk komiseri Nikolay Yezhov. İstanbul: Kalkedon. [details]


    • Jansen, M. (2011). [Review of: N.M. Naimark (2010) Stalin's genocides]. Slavic Review, 70(3), 700-701. [details]


    • Jansen, M. (2010). Chechnya and Russia, between revolt and loyalty. In F. Companjen, L. Marácz, & L. Versteegh (Eds.), Exploring the Caucasus in the 21st century: essays on culture, history and politics in a dynamic context (pp. 91-110). (Amsterdam contributions). Amsterdam: Pallas. [details]


    • Petrov, N., & Jansen, M. (2008). "Stalinskij pitomec" - Nikolaj Ežov. (Istorija stalinizma). Moskva: Rosspen. [details]


    • Jansen, M. C. (2006). Zachte krachten versus grote-mogendhedenambities: Rusland en de Europese Unie. Internationale Spectator, 60, 239-243. [details]



    • Jansen, M. (2019). Geofferd voor een fantasiewereld. In L. Verpoest (Ed.), Rusland, onveranderlijk anders? : Russische identiteit in politiek, cultuur en geschiedenis (pp. 31-46). Leuven: Universitaire Pers Leuven. [details]
    • Jansen, M. C. (2019). Heimwee naar het verloren rijk. Geschiedenis Magazine, 54(4), 38-41.


    • Jansen, M. (2018). Regicide, Romanovs en Revolutie: Het levend verleden van de Romanovs in Rusland. Groniek : Historisch Tijdschrift, 216, 303-311. [details]



    • Jansen, M. (2016). Een schemerzone zonder toekomst [Bespreking van: T. Judah (2015) In Wartime: Stories from Ukraine]. NRC Handelsblad Boeken, 15 januari, C11. [details]
    • Jansen, M. (2016). Oekraïne: verdeeld, maar niet verscheurd. Socialisme en Democratie, 73(1), 27-32. [details]
    • Jansen, M. (Author). (2016). Arseniĭ Roginskiĭ glazami gollandskogo kollegi-rovesnika. Web publication/site, Moscow: Memorial. Retrieved from http://www.memo.ru/uploads/files/1879.pdf
    • Jansen, M. (Author). (2016). Oktoberrevolutie bladdert gestaag af: wat te doen met Lenin?. Web publication/site, RaamopRusland: . Retrieved from http://raamoprusland.nl/dossiers/geschiedschrijving/329-oktoberrevolutie-bladdert-gestaag-af-wat-doen-we-met-lenin [details]
    • Jansen, M. C. (2016). Arsenii Roginskii glazami gollandskogo kollegi-rovesnika. In A.B. Roginskii, Izbrannye stat'i, vystupleniia, kommentarii k nauchnym publikatsiiam, interv'iu. Pozdravleniia druzei i kolleg (pp. 461-462). Moscow: Zven'ia.
    • Jansen, M. C. (2016). Een nationaal idee uit de Goelag [Bespreking van: C. Clover (2016) Black Wind, White Snow]. NRC Handelsblad, C11.
    • Jansen, M. C. (2016). Van dorp naar multiculturele stad: Czernowitz was de verst vooruitgeschoven post van de Oostenrijkse monarchie in het oosten. Donau, 2016(1), 19-30.


    • Bezemer, J. W., & Jansen, M. (2015). Een geschiedenis van Rusland: Van Rurik tot Poetin. -10de, herz. dr. Amsterdam: Van Oorschot. [details]
    • Jansen, M. (2015). 'Het derde Rome' zal wankelen [Bespreking van: (2015) Putinism, Russia and its Future with the West]. NRC Handelsblad, C8-C9.
    • Jansen, M. (2015). Oekraïne tussen de 'Russische wereld' en 'Gayropa'. Liberaal Reveil, 56(3), 144-148. [details]
    • Jansen, M. (2015). [Review of: D.R. Shearer, V. Khaustov (2015) Stalin and the Lubianka: a documentary history of the political police and security organs in the Soviet Union, 1922-1953]. The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, 42(2), 233-235. https://doi.org/10.1163/18763324-04202008 [details]
    • Jansen, M. (2015). [Review of: O. Bartov, E.D. Weitz (2013) Shatterzone of empires: coexistence and violence in the German, Habsburg, Russian, and Ottoman borderlands]. East/West : Journal of Ukrainian Studies, 2(1), 171-172. [details]


    • Jansen, M. (2014). [Review of: S.A. Barnes (2011) Death and Redemption: The Gulag and the Shaping of Soviet Society]. Canadian-American Slavic Studies, 48(1-2), 233-235. https://doi.org/10.1163/22102396-04801024 [details]
    • Jansen, M. C. (2014). De Oekraïnecrisis is geheel van Russische makelij [Bespreking van: (2014) Ukraine Crisis; (2014) Ukrainisches Tagebuch; (2014) Euromaidan]. NRC Handelsblad, C11.
    • Jansen, M. C. (2014). [Review of: A. Etkind (2013) Warped mourning: stories of the undead in the land of the unburied]. Canadian Slavonic Papers, 56(1-2), 179-180. https://doi.org/10.1080/00085006.2014.11092760 [details]


    • Jansen, M. C. (2013). Waar Roemenië nog steeds over zwijgt [Review of: (2013) Blutiger Juli: Rumäniens Vernichtungskrieg und der vergessene Massenmord an den Juden 1941; (2013) Geboren om te lijden? Een uniek verslag van de Holocaust in Oekraïne 1941-1944]. NRC Handelsblad, 10.


    • Jansen, M. (2012). Mobilisatie is goed, controle is beter... [Bespreking van: K.C. Berkhoff (2012) Motherland in danger: Soviet propaganda during World War II]. Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis, 125(3), 457-458. [details]
    • Jansen, M. (2012). Poetin redux. Atlantisch Perspektief, 36(2), 4-7. [details]
    • Jansen, M. (2012). [Review of: S.B. Smith (2011) Captives of revolution: the socialist revolutionaries and the Bolshevik dictatorship, 1918-1923]. The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, 39, 137-138. https://doi.org/10.1163/187633212X624023 [details]


    • Jansen, M. (2011). 'Rusland voor de Russen!': xenofobie en het monster van Frankenstein. Internationale Spectator, 65(3), 137-140. [details]
    • Jansen, M. (2011). Janoekovytsj als president: heeft een 'poetinisering' van Oekraïne kans van slagen? Internationale Spectator, 65(6), 321-324. [details]
    • Jansen, M. (2011). Oost-Europees mozaïek [Bespreking van: N. de Deugd, S. de Hoop, S. van der Poel (2011) Perspectieven op Midden- en Oost-Europa: een gedeelde ruimte waar het verleden maar geen geschiedenis wordt]. Internationale Spectator, 65(10), 554-555. [details]
    • Jansen, M. (2011). President Poetin: stabiliteit en stagnatie. Internationale Spectator, 65(11), 561-562. [details]


    • Jansen, M. (2010). Separatisme, islamisme en regionalisme aan Ruslands zuidgrens. Internationale Spectator, 64(7/8), 367-372. [details]
    • Jansen, M. (2010). [Review of: D.R. Shearer (2009) Policing Stalin's socialism: repression and social order in the Soviet Union, 1924-1953]. Slavic Review, 69(3), 773-774. [details]


    • Jansen, M. (2009). - [Review of: J.A. Getty, O.V. Naumov (2008) Yezhov: The rise of Stalin’s “iron fist”]. The Russian Review, 68(1), 166-167. [details]
    • Jansen, M. (2009). De tandem van Medvedev en Poetin: wie heeft de macht in Rusland? Internationale Spectator, 63(1), 20-23. [details]
    • Jansen, M. (2009). Ruslands verloren rijk: dromen met fantoompijn. Over de dekolonisatie van Rusland. Kleio, 50(5), 28-32. [details]
    • Jansen, M. (2009). Verlicht despoot of corrupt tiran? [Review of: J. Aitken (2009) Nazarbayev and the making of Kazakhstan; R. Aliyev (2009) The godfather-in-law: Eine Dokumentation]. Prospekt, 17(6), 39-40. [details]


    • Jansen, M. (2008). [Review of: C. King (2008) The ghost of freedom: a history of the Caucasus; B. Chiari (2008) Kaukasus: Wegweiser zur Geschichte]. Prospekt, 16(6), 28-29. [details]
    • Jansen, M. (2008). [Review of: W.Z. Goldman (2007) Terror and democracy in the age of Stalin: the social dynamics of repression]. Prospekt, 16(2), 27-28. [details]
    • Jansen, M. C. (2008). [Bespreking van: W. Jagielski (2008) Torens van steen; A. Babtsjenko (2008) De kleur van oorlog]. NRC Handelsblad.


    • Jansen, M. C. (2007). [Review of: G. Sanford (2005) Katyn and the Soviet Massacre of 1940: Truth, Justice and Memory]. Slavic Review, 66, 122-123. [details]


    • Jansen, M. C. (2006). Yezhov, Nikolai. In J. Merriman, & J. Winter (Eds.), Europe Since 1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of War and Reconstruction (pp. 2788-2789). (vol. 5). Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons/Thomson Gale. [details]
    • Jansen, M. C. (2006). [Review of: R.D. Crews (2006) For Prophet and Tsar: Islam and Empire in Russia and Central Asia]. Prospekt, 14, 27-28. [details]


    • Jansen, M. (14-05-2017). Radio Swammerdam. Moeder Rusland en haar avantgardekunst.


    • Jansen, M. (speaker) (16-2-2017). Oorlog en revolutie in Rusland, Dienst Cultuur Oostende.


    • Jansen, M. (participant) (22-4-2017). Congres 1917-2017. Lenin's Crimes (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Jansen, M. (participant) (20-4-2017). Faculteitssymposium Geesteswetenschappen Universiteit Leiden. Interethnic conflict in the Caucasus: Ingush vs. Ossetians (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Jansen, M. (participant) (13-4-2017). Rusland. De Rode Oktober anno 2017 (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Rutten, E. (participant), Mykhalchuk, T. (participant), Makhortykh, M. (participant), Plokhii, S. (participant), Kohut, Z. (participant), de Deugd, N. (participant), … van der Laarse, R. (participant) (30-4-2014 - 22-5-2014). Series of Academic Events in the Netherlands, Spring 2014. UKRAINIAN IDENTITIES, Leiden/ Amsterdam, Netherlands. Organization of the academic events (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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