This review discusses Reimagining Europe by Christian Raffensperger in the context of the evolution of academic history writing during the past few decades. It notes relations between the current political agendas and historical interpretations of the seemingly distant past exemplified by influence that modern perceptions of Russia and Ukraine exert on representations of their medieval “ancestor,” and it argues that marginal status of Rus’ in general medieval histories is the last survival of a discourse of Western European superiority. The review supports Raffensperger’s call to “reimagine” medieval Europe in such a way as to make Rus’ its integral part.
Moore“Medieval Europe in World History,” 575, with reference to R. I. Moore, “The Eleventh Century in Eurasian History,”Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies33 (2003): 3–21. Byzantium and Islam are not discussed in the “Medieval Europe in World History” but they are mentioned in “The Eleventh Century.”