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Politics and Culture, Textual Production
The study of the Rus and its religious shaping has been an on-going discussion from the time of the emergence of this field of study in the 19th century. These volumes bring to light, and to a wider readership, cutting edge research on the religious culture and politics of the Rus and at its periphery, as well as interdisciplinary approaches to the early production of Slavonic texts during and immediately after Christianisation. One of the two volumes is dedicated to the textual production and sources of the period. By highlighting work by scholars from and working in Eastern Europe, this publication is an invitation to a global academic dialogue by making new research on Rus culture and letters available in English.
What was life like in the territories annexed by Russia in the 19th century? What were the views and attitudes of the Poles living in lands belonging to the Russian Empire? How did people arrange their lives when they did not take up revolutionary action and foreswore an open struggle with the Tsarist regime? Could one be a Polish patriot without fighting gun in hand for independence? The Russians believed that Poles were genetically preordained to be anti-Russian. Even in the west of Europe this charge of morbid Russophobia was taken to be the rule. It seems that this was one of the greatest falsehoods that Russian imperial propaganda managed to implement in the West. Leszek Zasztowt unfolds in this fascinating biography a much more complex reality through the life story of the medical scientist, academic and political activist Józef Mianowski (1804-1879), a man who served Russia and loved Poland.
The scope of the proposed series encompasses all Slavonic-speaking societies, polities and cultures. The series will cover all regions where Slavonic speakers and the Slavonic languages are (or were) active. This includes the Balkans, the Byzantine world (such as Greece and Turkey), the Caucasus and Central Asia. The series will feature reception studies and historiography as well as the role of diasporas in imagining and birthing new ‘Worlds of the Slavs’. Chronologically, the series will extend to the present day. Although explicitly focussed on historical studies, literature, art and visual culture also fall within the series‘ scope. One of the series’ primary aims is to provide a platform for scholars, including those from Eastern Europe and Eurasia, to publish in an English-language series and make their research accessible to a wider readership. The series will publish monographs as well as dictionaries, critical editions, textological studies and historical atlases.
Dieses Lexikon umfasst 80 Biogramme der berühmtesten Juden des 16. und 17. Jahrhunderts in Polen-Litauen. Es ist die erste derartige Publikation in deutscher Sprache. Es werden die bedeutendsten Rabbiner, Gelehrten und Rektoren der Jeschiwas vorgestellt, die wichtigsten Buchdrucker und Verleger sowie die einflussreichsten Bankiers, Kauf- und Geschäftsleute. Auch die angesehensten jüdischen Ärzte sind berücksichtigt. Jedes Biogramm bietet weiterführende bibliografische Angaben zu polnischen, deutschen und englischsprachigen Publikationen. Damit liegt ein kompaktes Handbuch zu einem Personenkreis vor, der von großer Bedeutung für die Sozial- und Kulturgeschichte Mittel- und Osteuropas in der frühen Neuzeit ist.