Saluting Aron Gurevich

Essays in History, Literature and Other Related Subjects


Aron Gurevich was a towering figure of twentieth century medieval historical research. This extraordinarily rich and multifaceted volume presents provides a comprehensive introduction to this great scholar’s life and work. These thoughtful essays demonstrate not only the deep Russian roots of Aron Gurevich’s thought but how he developed his own independent vision of the past in dialogue with pre-revolutionary Russian forms of German Neo-Kantianism, the Tartu-Moscow school of semiotics, and the heritage of Mikhail Bakhtin. Much more than a traditional Gedenkschrift, the editors have provided us with a first rate document in the intellectual history of twentieth century Russia and Europe.
Patrick Geary, Andrew W. Mellon Professor, IAS, Princeton, and Distinguished Professor of History Ermeritus, UCLA

Contributors are Peter Burke, Andrew Cowell, Charles J. Halperin, Eve Levin, Eva Osterberg, Harbans Mukhia, Michael Richter, Svetlana Luchitskaya, Roger Markwick, Boris Stepanov, Thomas Izbicki, Jean Pierre Delville, Alexandra Korros, and Yelena Mazour-Matusevich.

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Yelena Mazour-Matusevich, Associate Professor of Foreign Languages, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, is a specialist in the late medieval-early modern European religious thought. She has published extensively on the late medieval theologian Jean Gerson and his legacy, including her book Le siècle d’or de la mystique française (Paris/Milan 2004) as well as on a variety of other subjects including a recent comparative study on Nietzsche and Bakhtin. She is President of the Jean Gerson's Society and a member of the advisory board for the Crosscurrents magazine, NY.

Alexandra S. Korros, Ph.D (1974) in History, Columbia University, New York, N.Y., is Professor of History at Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH. A specialist in late Imperial Russia, Korros has published extensively on the State Council of the Russian Empire, and political institutions in pre-revolutionary Russia including A Reluctant Parliament (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002).

Foreword: Aron Gurevich: A View from India
Harbans Mukhia

Introduction: Saluting Aron Iakovlevich Gurevich: Studies in History, Literature and Related Subjects
Yelena Mazour-Matusevich
**Gurevich, the Person
April 1970: Gurevich’s Attitudes toward the Soviet Academic System: a Personal Memoir
Alexandra S. Korros
**Gurevich in the Context of Soviet and Western Historiography
A. Ia. Gurevich’s Contribution to Soviet and Russian Historiography: From Social-Psychology to Historical Anthropology
Roger Markwick
Aron Gurevich’s Dialogue with the Annales
Peter Burke
**Muscovite Russia
Russia Between East and West: Diplomatic Reports During the Reign of Ivan IV
Charles Halperin
Healers and Witches in Early Modern Russia
Eve Levin
**Scandinavia and Northern Europe
Individuals, Friends and Kinsmen in Medieval Iceland: The legacy of Aron Gurevich
Eva Österberg
Medieval Ireland and Iceland—Worlds Apart?
Michael Richter
Heroic Violence, Individual Identity, and Community Reflection
Andrew Cowell
**Christianity and Medieval Popular Culture
L’émergence de la compassion dans le regard sur la Passion au moyen âge: Franciscanisme et mentalité populaire
Jean-Pierre Delville
The Bleeding Host of Dijon: Its Place in the History of Eucharistic Devotion
Thomas Izbicki
Some Aspects of Aron Gurevich’s Dialogue with Mikhail
Bakhtin on Medieval Popular Culture
Yelena Mazour-Matusevich
**Gurevich and the New Generation of Russian Historians
Chess as a Metaphor for Medieval Society
Svetlana Luchitskaya
Aron Gurevich’s Medieval Individual
Yuri Zaretsky and Boris Stepanov
**Gurevich in his Own Words
Salute to Aron Gurevich
Jacques Le Goff
Writing Medieval History: An Interview with Aron Gurevich
Yelena Mazour-Matusevich
Aron Ia Gurevich: Bibliography

Names Index
Concept Index
Scholars interested in western European medieval history and literature, as well as those interested in Soviet and post-Soviet historiography will find this collection of value.