The RPYES series of short survey monographs offers the most recent interdisciplinary and comparative research on the early modern history of the diverse cultures that make up “younger Europe.” The series discusses key historiographical questions, and acquaints scholars with primary sources and the existing scholarship in order to indicate new perspectives for further investigations. Thus, the volumes in this series are both an invaluable reference for scholars wishing to draw on the latest research as well as a helpful resource for teaching.
The series covers those European peoples that—due to their relatively late Christianization around 1000 CE—entered the Greco–Roman orbit with the burden of several centuries of delay. They defined their identities both in the context of their new civilizational aspirations and a strong sense of otherness. We call them “the younger Europe,” borrowing the term from Jerzy Kłoczowski, although we define this geo-political space with a wider perspective than the eminent Polish historian had by referring to the mental mapping, which was distinctive of early modernity and which juxtaposed the classical-humanistic South with the mysterious and “barbarian” North. The Protestant Reformation and the Enlightenment led to essential re-orientation of this cognitive map and contributed to the creation of yet another civilizational opposition: East–-West. As we find the latter construct anachronistic, we refrain from it by defining “the younger Europe” as the vast Scandinavian–Baltic–Slavic–Hungarian–Balkan part of the continent without underplaying the specificity of its cultures that emerged between the fall of Constantinople (1453) and the rise of industrial societies at the dawn of the nineteenth century.
Forthcoming titles in 2023-2024
Radosław Grześkowiak (Gdańsk), Emblems in Poland-Lithuania (16th–18th cent.)
Mirosława Hanusiewicz-Lavallee et alii, The Identity of the Younger Europe
László Kontler (Budapest), Science and the Enlightenments in the Younger Europe
Margarita Korzo (Moscow), Earliest Catechisms in Poland-Lithuania
Katarzyna Meller (Poznań), Vernacular Psalters in Poland-Lithuania
Dainora Pociūtė-Abukevičienė (Vilnius), Early Reformation in Lithuania
Peter Sjökvist (Uppsala), Book Culture and The Swedish Conquests in the Baltic Region
Mirosława Hanusiewicz-Lavallee, Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski, Lublin, Poland
Robert Aleksander Maryks, Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza, Poznań, Poland
Katarzyna Meller, Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza, Poznań, Poland
Piotr Urbański, Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza, Poznań, Poland
Giovanna Brogi (Università di Milano, Dipartimento di Lingue e Letterature Straniere, Milan, Italy)
Pietro Umberto Dini (Università di Pisa)
László Kontler (Central European University, Budapest, Hungary)
Margarita Korzo (Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia)
Marija Vojtovna Leskinen (Institute for Slavic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia)
Howard Louthan (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA)
Diego Lucci (American University of Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria)
Adina Ruiu (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, France)
Peter Sjökvist (Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden)
Scholars and students interested in the political, cultural, religious, and social history of Eastern and Central Europe, Scandinavia, and the Balkans in the early modern period.