The International Lab 'Russia’s Regions in Historical Perspective' aims to provide a comprehensive look at the social and political development of regions within Russia from the 18th to late 20th century. The research team examines a range of issues, including the existing geographic positioning, the rise and transformation of imperial/Soviet/Post-Soviet historical and geographical entities, cross-border developments and exchanges, land cultivation, social engineering, regional administrative practices and the creation and growth of human capital. Also covered is the rise of regional identities, mental maps, local presentation models and the fashioning of polycentrism. An important objective is found in the development of an analytical language to describe the regional situation in Russia from 18th to late 20th century – a language which can help solve crucial methodological issues in the discipline of historical regional studies in Russia.
The project is supported by The Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation.
The increasing application of law in various spheres of life in the Russian empire promoted trade regulation and influenced everyday trade practices—even in remote regions. Tradespeople, in turn, tried to limit the application of new regulations while using laws to serve their own interests. HSE University has hosted a seminar on trade in Siberia in the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
A new article "Political Claims, an Extensible Name, and a Divine Mission: Ideology of Russian Expansion in Siberia" by the Leading Research Fellow Yury Akimov was published in the Journal of Early Modern History' fourth issue for 2021.
A new article “’I Have Spoken the Word of Truth Before You!’: Alexander I’s Speech in the Grand Duchy of Finland and Congress Poland” by the Laboratory Head Ekaterina Boltunova was published in the fifth issue of the journal "Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie" for 2021.
A new review on Vladimir Kruglov’s book "Organizaciya territorii Rossii v 1917-2007 gg.: idei, praktika, rezul'taty" (2020) by the research fellow of the laboratory Galina Egorova was published in the second issue of the journal "Neprikosnovennyj zapas" for 2021.
A new article by Ekaterina Boltunova in the journal "Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History"
A new article "The Last King of Poland: Nicholas I’s Warsaw Coronation and Russian-Polish Historical Memory" by the Laboratory Head Ekaterina Boltunova was published in the second issue of the journal "Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History" for 2021.
The International Laboratory 'Russia’s Regions in Historical Perspective' has recently signed an agreement with the State Archive of the Vladimir Region
The International Laboratory 'Russia’s Regions in Historical Perspective' has recently signed an agreement on cooperation with the State Archive of the Vladimir Region
A new review on the book "Vera i lichnost΄v meniaiushchemsia obshchestve: Avtobiografika i pravoslavie v Rossii kontsa XVII-nachala XX veka . Ed. Laurie Manchester and Denis Sdvizhkov. Moscow: Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, 2019. 408 pp" by the research fellow of the laboratory Galina Egorova was published in the first issue of the journal "Slavic Review" for 2021.
On March 28-31, 2021, the HSE International Laboratory ‘Russia’s Regions in Historical Perspective’ held an international conference ‘The Russian Far East: Regional and Transnational Perspectives (19th -21st cent.)’. The event was jointly organized by the Laboratory with the German Historical Institute Moscow, Indiana University Bloomington (USA), and the Institute of History, Archeology and Ethnography of the Peoples of the Far East FEB RAS (Vladivostok).
International Laboratory “Russia’s Regions in Historical Perspective” proposes to apply for the Interdisciplinary Summer School "Russia's Northwest: Local and Regional Aspects in the Cultural Memory of a Border Region" which will take place in summer 2021 in Potsdam and Pskov.
On February 9, the HSE International Laboratory 'Russia’s Regions in Historical Perspective' hosted Janet Hartley (London School of Economics), who presented her recent monograph The Volga: A History of Russia’s Greatest River. The presentation was part of a joint lecture series between the Laboratory and The Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation. HSE news service spoke with Janet Hartley about her interest in Russia, her experience travelling and doing research in Russia, and the books she has written on Russia.