Jan C. Behrends


Jan C. Behrends
Jan C.
Project Coordinator

Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung
Am Neuen Markt 1
14467 Potsdam

Büro: Am Neuen Markt 9d, Raum 1.02

behrends [at] zzf-potsdam.de

Since April 2011
Research associate at Centre for Contemporary History (ZZF) in Potsdam

Fedor-Lynen-scholarship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the University of Chicago

Since 2005
Lecturer of East European and Modern History at Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

2005 - 2011
Research fellow at Social Science Research Center, Berlin (WZB)

PhD Dissertation “Inventing Friendship. Propaganda for the Soviet Union in Poland and the GDR (1944-1957)”. Defended with distinction (summa cum laude) in Potsdam. Advisors: Prof. Christoph Kleßmann (Center for Contemporary History (ZZF), Potsdam) and Prof. Jörg Baberowski (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)

Postdoctoral fellow at Center for Contemporary History (ZZF), Potsdam

Research fellow at Bielefeld University and Herder-Institut, Marburg

First State Examination for Higher Education (Staatsexamen) in History, Literature, Education and Philosophy, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Selected Publications

Die erfundene Freundschaft. Propaganda für die Sowjetunion in Polen und in der DDR (Zeithistorische Studien, Vol. 32), Köln/ Weimar/ Wien: Böhlau 2006.

(ed.) Between the Great Show of the Party-State and Religious Counter-Cultures. The Public Spheres in Soviet-Type Societies (Komparatistische Bibliothek, Vol 11), Frankfurt am Main u.a.: Peter Lang 2003 (with Gábor T. Rittersporn and Malte Rolf).

(ed.) The Leader Cult in Communist Dictatorships. Stalin and the Eastern Bloc, Basingstoke/ New York, NY: Palgrave 2004 (with Arfon Rees, Bálazs Apor and Polly Jones).

(ed.) Races to Modernity. Metropolitan Aspirations in Eastern Europe, 1890-1940, Budapest/ New York: Central European University Press 2014 (with Martin Kohlrausch).

(ed.) Underground Publishing and the Public Sphere. Transnational Perspectives (Wiener Studien zur Zeitgeschichte, Band 6), Münster: LIT-Verlag 2014 (with Thomas Lindenberger).

(ed.) War, Violence, and the Military during Late Socialism and Transition (Nationalities Papers. The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity 43/5, Special Section), Taylor & Francis / Routledge 2015.

(ed.) Povsednevnaja zizn' pri socializme [Everyday life under socialism]. Nemeckie i rossijskie podchody [German and Russian Approaches], Moskau: Rossijskaja politicheskaja enciklopedia (ROSSPEN) 2015 (with Vera Dubina, Andrej Sokorin and Ekaterina Akopyan).

(ed.) 100 Jahre Roter Oktober. Zur Weltgeschichte der Russischen Revolution, Berlin: Ch. Links Verlag 2017 (with Nikolaus Katzer and Thomas Lindenberger).

A Laboratory of Modern Politics: The Russian Revolution and its International Legacy, in: Rinke, Stefan, Wildt, Michael (eds.), Revolutions and Counter-Revolutions. 1917 and its Aftermath from a Global Perspective. Frankfurt am Main/ New York: Campus 2017, p. 79-102.

Legacies of Communism. Comparative Remarks., in: Pons, Silvio, Fürst, Juliane; Seldon, Marc (eds.), The Cambridge History of Communism. Volume 3: Endgames? Late Communism in Global Perspective. 1968 to Present. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press 2017, p. 556-580.