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Alexander Kleitman and Igor Tyumentsev

The authors analyze the scientific works of the Russian historian I.S. Shepelev in the context of Soviet historiography concerning early modern Russia’s Time of Troubles. The article sheds light on the originality and professionalism of this important scholar of medieval Russian history whose works have recently been unjustly overlooked.

Scott C. Levi

Erika Monahan, The Merchants of Siberia: Trade in Early Modern Eurasia . Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2016. xiii + 410 pp. ISBN 978-0-80145-407-3. $ 49.95. In The Merchants of Siberia , Erika Monahan examines the relationship between Russia’s economic ambitions and

Laurence Fontaine

This essay reflects on the theoretical and methodological complexities of the concept of social identity, using a case study of migrant merchants in early modern Europe. The essay opens with an analysis of historians’ usages of the important but contested concept of identity. Then, it attempts to demonstrate how the literate society, political and religious officials, sedentary merchants, and the host populations with which itinerant merchants entered into contact, tried to impose identities on these migrants. Finally, the study attempts to show how migrants used this polyphony of external representations in order to understand the limits of the merchants’ abilities to utilize these imposed identities for their own advantage.

Marianna Muravyeva

medieval historians. 14 However, early modern European laws started to take raptus more seriously, treating it as a crime against personal security that could not be amended by marriage. These changes were connected with transformations in understanding common wealth, personal liberty, and personal

Daniel H. Kaiser

DANIEL H. KAISER (Grinnell, IA, USA) THE PRACTICAL IMPORTANCE OF GENEALOGY IN EARLY MODERN RUSSIA Genealogy certainly played an important part in early modem Russian his- tory. Elites composed elaborate genealogies with which to document their claims to social status and depended upon them to

Paul Bushkovitch

Russell E. Martin, A Bride for the Tsar: Bride-shows and Marriage Politics in Early Modern Russia . DeKalb, IL : Northern Illinois University Press, 2012. xiii, 380 pp. $48.00. A monarchy is not just a form of government but also a family, and Russell Martin’s pioneering study of marriage

Katalin Kincses: The Baths of Sopron in the Early Modern Age (Aetas, No. 1, 1997, Hungary) Zsombor Bódy: Porvár: The Most Intelligent Village in H u n g a r y (Aetas, No. 1, 1997, Hungary) Gyula Wojtilla: Kingship and Sacrality in Early Mediaeval India (Aetas, Nos 2-3, 1997, Hungary)


Enikő Rüsz-Fogarasi

cities did not lose their agrarian character in the early modern period, there is no evidence that the citizens of Cluj were significantly engaged in growing their own food produce. Irrespective of their wealth or land assets, private homes as well as the city’s institutions depended on the market to a


Suraiya Faroqhi

food culture of Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, or Bosnia to tackle this question. Our study deals with the early modern period; in other words, we begin the story with the later 1400s and end it with the set of political and cultural changes known as the Tanzimat, proclaimed in 1839. The setting is mostly