Geschichte Osteuropas und Südosteuropas




Research Network Pre-modern Russia between Eastern Europe and Asia



Scholarship on Russia is skewed towards recent history and a Eurocentric perspective. It focuses largely on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and measures Russia in terms of its relations with the 'West'. Both of these tendencies obscure the recognition of continuities and ruptures across the epochal boundary of the eighteenth century and the importance of Asia for Russia’s history. The new network aims to pool expertise on the pre-modern period in East European history in order to strengthen and increase the visibility of this area of research. The goal is to broaden the focus of early modern studies by integrating the history of Russia into the transnational (or transimperial) and transcultural history of Eurasia. At the core of this initiative is the question of what significance the epochal changes of the pre-modern period have for our current understanding of Russia in the modern world.

The idea of establishing this network arose from the challenges connected with the low level of formal institutional support in German and western European universities for research into this time period and for trans-Eurasian perspectives. Such an academic network promotes scholarly communication and exchange of knowledge and ultimately, we hope, will facilitate the development of new research perspectives and projects on the history of Russia in the pre-modern period.

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Persons and Institutions

This section contains information on the members of the research network.


Julia Herzberg

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Historisches Seminar der LMU
Geschichte Ost- und Südosteuropas
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
D-80539 München

Andreas Renner

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Historisches Seminar der LMU
Geschichte Ost- und Südosteuropas
Lehrstuhl für Russland-Asien-Studien
Maria-Theresia-Str. 21
D-81675 München