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Harvard Historical Studies #177: Reimagining Europe: Kievan Rus' in the Medieval World

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An overriding assumption has long directed scholarship in both European and Slavic history: that Kievan Rus' in the tenth through twelfth centuries was part of a Byzantine commonwealth separate from Europe. Christian Raffensperger refutes this conception and offers a new frame for two hundred years of history, one in which Rus' is understood as part of medieval Europe and East is not so neatly divided from West.

With the aid of Latin sources, the author brings to light the considerable political, religious, marital, and economic ties among European kingdoms, including Rus', restoring a historical record rendered blank by Russian monastic chroniclers as well as modern scholars ideologically motivated to build barriers between East and West. Further, Raffensperger revises the concept of a Byzantine commonwealth that stood in opposition to Europe-and under which Rus' was subsumed-toward that of a Byzantine Ideal esteemed and emulated by all the states of Europe. In this new context, appropriation of Byzantine customs, law, coinage, art, and architecture in both Rus' and Europe can be understood as an attempt to gain legitimacy and prestige by association with the surviving remnant of the Roman Empire. Reimagining Europe initiates an expansion of history that is sure to challenge ideas of Russian exceptionalism and influence the course of European medieval studies.

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An overriding assumption has directed scholarship in both European and Slavic history: that Kievan Rus' was part of a Byzantine commonwealth separate from Europe. Raffensperger refutes this, and offers a new frame for two hundred years of history, in which Rus' is understood as part of medieval Europe, and East is not so neatly divided from West.

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2013 Ohio Academy of History Publication Award

About the Author

Christian Raffensperger is Assistant Professor of History at Wittenberg University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674063846
Author:
Raffensperger, Christian
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
World History-Eastern Europe
Subject:
HISTORY / Europe/Eastern
Subject:
History-Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
Harvard Historical Studies
Series Volume:
177
Publication Date:
20120312
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 map, 5 genealogy charts
Pages:
340
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Russia » General Russian History
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Medieval
History and Social Science » World History » Eastern Europe
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Medieval and Renaissance
History and Social Science » World History » Russia

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"Synopsis" by , An overriding assumption has directed scholarship in both European and Slavic history: that Kievan Rus' was part of a Byzantine commonwealth separate from Europe. Raffensperger refutes this, and offers a new frame for two hundred years of history, in which Rus' is understood as part of medieval Europe, and East is not so neatly divided from West.
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