"Let books be your dining table, / And you shall be full of delights. / Let them be your
mattress,/
And you shall sleep restful nights" (St. Ephraim the Syrian).


Friday, June 29, 2012

Jenn Spock on Russian History

The wonderful Jennifer Spock, who has done so much to give life to the Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture (ASEC), whose last two conferences at Ohio State I have very happily attended, is a specialist in Russian monasticism and history. She co-authors a chapter "Historical Writing in Russia and Ukraine" in a new book: Jose Rabasa et al., The Oxford History of Historical Writing: Volume 3: 1400-1800 (Oxford UP, 2012), 704pp.
About this book the publisher tells us:
Volume III of The Oxford History of Historical Writing contains essays by leading scholars on the writing of history globally during the early modern era, from 1400 to 1800. The volume proceeds in geographic order from east to west, beginning in Asia and ending in the Americas. It aims at once to provide a selective but authoritative survey of the field and, where opportunity allows, to provoke cross-cultural comparisons. This is the third of five volumes in a series that explores representations of the past from the beginning of writing to the present day, and from all over the world.
Spock, meanwhile, was one of the editors for a Festschrift recently published:  Religion and Identity in Russia and the Soviet Union: A Festschrift for Paul Bushkovitch (Slavica Publications, 2011), 276pp.

About this book the publisher tells us:
Paul Bushkovitch's scholarship on the political, religious, and cultural history of Russia has enriched the field for over 35 years. This volume celebrates Bushkovitch's contributions by bringing together a series of essays by his students. Focusing on the themes of religion and identity, they investigate an array of topics that reflects Bushkovitch's own scholarly range, among them Russian Orthodoxy's energetic adaptation to Russia s changing domestic and international conditions; Russian self-perceptions and interaction with foreigners; and foreigners' views of Russians. Collectively, these contributions cover a wide chronological span that bridges the gap between early modernists and modernists in the fields of Russian and Soviet history.

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