Dr Rees is a specialist on Russian /Soviet history. He is the author of 3 monographs and ten edited volumes on the development of the Soviet political system, including studies of the formation of the Stalinist system, the study of economic policy making, the study of centre-local relations, the study of the role of individuals, and the function of the leader cult.
He is the author of a study on political thought in Russia that focuses on the reception of the ideas of Machiavelli. He has recently completed political biography of one of Stalin’s principal deputies – Lazar Kaganovich. He has also taught and published work on East European history, particularly on the process of the Sovietization of the region after 1945. He has an interest in comparative studies of revolutions, and on totalitarian and authoritarian regimes of the twentieth century.
He is currently working on two projects: one analysing the debate on political terror in Russia in the late tsarist era, and a second studying Stalin’s language as way of exploring the nature of the Soviet regime and Stalin’s own personal role in its developments. Outside of Russian history Dr Rees has published two major monographs on Welsh history
Postgraduate courses taught:
The History of Russia and Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century (one semester, two hours per week, number of students – around 5).
Undergraduate course taught:
second year option (School of History) – Russia in Revolution, 1900-1939 (two semester course, responsible for 10 lectures and oversight of the seminars taught by postgraduate); second year option (CREES) – Russia Political and Intellectual Thought (two semesters, one lecture and two seminars per week; numbers rose from 12 students in 2008-9 to 24 students in 2009-2010, and a further rise is expected this year) ;
second year option (School of History) – Nazism, Fascism and Stalinism ( two semesters, ten lectures, and 1 hour semester per week; a new course devised with and taught jointly with Dr. Prausser, expected to attract around 40 students this coming academic year) ;
third year special subject (School of History)- the Russian Revolution (two hour weekly seminar; in 2010-2011I Dr, Rees will teach two Special Subject groups, each group of 10 students.
Apor, B, Apor, P and Rees, EA (eds) (2008) The Sovietization of Eastern Europe: New Perspectives on the Postwar Period, New Academia: Washington.
Rees, EA (2004) Political Thought from Machiavelli to Stalin: Revolutionary Machiavellism, Palgrave: Basingstoke.
Apor, B, Behrends, JC, Jones, P and Rees, EA (eds) (2004) The Leader Cult in Communist Dictatorships: Stalin and the Eastern Bloc, Palgrave: Basingstoke.
Davies, RW, Kosheleva, LP, Khlevnyuk, OV, Rees, EA and Rogovaya, LA (eds) (2003) The Stalin-Kaganovich Correspondence, 1931-36, Yale University Press: New Haven.
Rees, EA (ed) (2003) The Nature of Stalin’s Dictatorship: The Politburo, 1924-1953, Palgrave: Basingstoke.
Rees, EA (ed) (2002) Centre-Local Relations in the Stalinist State, 1928-1941, Palgrave: Basingstoke.
Rees, EA (ed) (1997) Decision-Making in the Stalinist Command Economy, 1932-37, Macmillan, Basingstoke and St. Martin’s Press: New York..
Rees, EA, (1995) Stalinism and Soviet Rail Transport, 1928-41, Macmillan: Basingstoke, and St. Martin’s Press: New York, pp. xiv, 307.
Rees, EA, (1987) State Control in Soviet Russia: The Rise and Fall of the Workers’ and Peasants’ Inspectorate, 1920-34,
Macmillan: Basingstoke and St. Martin’s Press: New York.
Rees, EA (2001)
Welsh Outlaws and Bandits: Political Rebellion and Lawlessness in Wales, 1400-1603, Kings Norton