Biography

Richard Mills completed a PhD at UEA on the role of domestic football and nationalism in the construction and destruction of socialist Yugoslavia. He joined the School of History as Lecturer in Modern European History in 2012. He has published widely on the history of football in the former Yugoslavia and the United Kingdom, and convenes modules on 'Communism and Nationalism in Yugoslavia', 'Twentieth Century Sport History' and 'The Cold War: A New History'.

Academic Background

Ph.D. Modern History; University of East Anglia (2013)

M.A. Modern History; University of East Anglia (2008)

All Publications

Mills, R.

(2017)

The Politics of Football in Yugoslavia: Sport, Nationalism and the State,

I. B. Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN 9781784539139

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Mills, R.

(2017)

Laying the Foundations of Physical Culture: The Stadium Revolution in Socialist Yugoslavia,

in International Journal of the History of Sport

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Mills, R.

(2016)

“The pitch itself was no man’s land:” Siege, Željezničar Sarajevo Football Club and the Grbavica Stadium,

in Nationalities Papers

44

(6)

pp. 877-903

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Mills, R.

(2016)

An Exception in War and Peace: Ipswich Town Football Club, c. 1907-1945,

in Sport in History

36

(2)

pp. 214-241

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Mills, R.

(2016)

Cold War Football: Soviet Defence and Yugoslav Attack following the Tito-Stalin Split of 1948,

in Europe-Asia Studies

68

(10)

pp. 1736-1758

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Mills, R.

(2014)

Fighters, footballers and nation builders: wartime football in the Serb-held territories of the former Yugoslavia, 1991-1996,

in Football in Southeastern Europe : From Ethnic Homogenization to Reconciliation.

Routledge

pp. 3-30

ISBN 978-0-415-74950-3

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Mills, R.

(2013)

Fighters, Footballers and Nation Builders: Wartime Football in the Serb-held Territories of the Former Yugoslavia, 1991-1996,

in Sport in Society

16

(8)

pp. 945-972

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Mills, R.

(2013)

Ipswich Town Football Club Archive Research,

(Other contribution)

(Published)


Mills, R.

(2012)

'Commemorating a Disputed Past: Football Club and Supporters' Group War Memorials in the Former Yugoslavia,

in History

97

(328)

pp. 540-577

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Mills, R.

(2010)

The Communist Legacy of the Former Yugoslavia in Photographs,

in Europe-Asia Studies

62

(7)

pp. 1215-1234

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Mills, R.

(2010)

FK Vojvodina, "Red Firm" and the Repercussions of the Yogurt Revolution,

in Godišnjak istorijskog arhiva grada Novog Sada

4

(4)

pp. 50-79

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Mills, R.

(2010)

Velez Mostar Football Club and the demise of 'Brotherhood and Unity' in Yugoslavia, 1922-2009,

in Europe-Asia Studies

62

(7)

pp. 1107-1133

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Mills, R.

(2009)

"It All Ended in an Unsporting Way": Serbian Football and the Disintegration of Yugoslavia, 1989-2006,

in International Journal of the History of Sport

26

(9)

pp. 1187-1217

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Key Research Interests

  • The history of football and its interaction with politics, nationalism and war 
  • Socialist Yugoslavia and its successor states
  • Nationalism and state construction
  • Sport history



Dr Mills is interested in supervising undergraduate, MA and research students in the areas of Balkan history, nationalism and state construction, twentieth century socialism, and the history of sport.

 

Select Conference Papers:

"'The Pitch itself was No-Man's Land': Siege, Zeljeznicar Football Club and the Grbavica Stadium", BASEES (British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies), Cambridge, United Kingdom, April 2016

"Cold War Football: Soviet Defence and Yugoslav Attack Following the Tito-Stalin Split of 1948", ICCEES (International Council for Central and East European Studies) 9th World Congress, Makuhari, Japan, August 2015

"Uses of Language as a Signifier of Ethnic Difference in Yugoslav Football Culture", AATSEEL (American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages) Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada, January 2015

"Football under Siege - The Wartime Game in Bosnia and Hercegovina, 1992-1996", ASEEES (Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies) Annual Convention, Boston, USA, November 2013

“Football Supporters’ Groups, Sports Magazines and the Beginning of the End for Socialist Yugoslavia, 1986-1991”, BASEES (British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies) / ICCEES (International Council for Central and East European Studies) European Congress, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, UK, April 2013

“Ideological Promotion and Nationalist Suppression: Club Football and the Creation of Socialist Yugoslavia, 1945-1991”, Annual Convention of NASSH (North American Society for Sports History), University of California, USA, June 2012

“Fighters, Footballers and Nation Builders: Wartime Football in the Serb-held Territories of the Former Yugoslavia, 1991-1996”, Nations and Nationalism Workshop, Scientific Network for the Research of East European Sport History, Prague, Czech Republic, June 2012

“The Role of Football in the Construction and Destruction of Socialist Yugoslavia: 1945-1992”, History Research Seminar Series, School of Humanities, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, April 2012

“‘It all broke down in the Maksimir’: To what extent did a legendary football stadium riot contribute to the destruction of Yugoslavia?”, Seminar Series at the History Faculty, University of Oxford, UK, May 2011

“‘It all broke down in the Maksimir’: To what extent did a legendary football stadium riot contribute to the destruction of Yugoslavia?”, Annual Convention of NASSH (North American Society for Sports History), University of Texas, USA, May 2011

“FK Vojvodina, ‘Red Firm’ and the Repercussions of the Yogurt Revolution: 1988-1991”, Annual Conference of BASEES (British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies), Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, UK, April 2011

“Constructing a disputed past through the narratives of football club and fan group war memorials in the former Yugoslavia”, Seventh Annual Graduate History Symposium, University of Toronto, Canada, February 2011

Teaching Interests

Level 4:

Introduction to Modern History

Level 5:

The Cold War: A New History (Module Organiser)

Level 6:

Communism and Nationalism in Yugoslavia (Module Organiser)

Twentieth Century Sport History (Module Organiser)

MA:

Nationalism and Violence in 20th-Century Europe

Postgraduate:

Methodologies

 

Recent Supervision (Selection)

Undergraduate Dissertations

  • Exclusion in English Football: Racism, Gender and Sexuality
  • Lord Harris, Bombay Cricket and the "Civilising Mission", 1890-1895
  • The Role of Cricket in the Independence of the West Indies
  • The Emergence and Development of the Split in the IRA, 1962-1972
  • The Role of the Barcelona May Days in the Downfall of the Spanish Republic, 1937-1939

MA Theses

  • The Changing Nature of British Newspaper Coverage of Anglo-German Football Matches, 1954-1996
  • British Print Media Representations of Serbia, 1999-2004
  • Population Decline in Post-Dayton Bosnia and Hercegovina
  • Football, Fans and the State in East Germany

PhD Topics

  • Hardcore Ljubljana - DIY Hardcore Punk in Slovenia during the 1980s (ongoing)
  • Building a Multi-Ethnic Army in Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina (ongoing)

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Dr Mills has peer-reviewed manuscripts for European History Quarterly, History, Nationalities Papers, Suedosteuropa, Journal of Genocide Studies, European Studies in Sports History, Soccer and Society and Patterns of Prejudice.
  • He has delivered lectures for the FIFA International Master Degree in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport.
  • Since 2010 he has contributed articles on the fomer Yugoslavia to the British football magazine When Saturday Comes. He has also contributed to The New European, TheConversation.com and Soccer History.