Introduction

Welcome to the official website of the Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia, an association of academics and scholars whose research interests are related to the Russian empire during the 'long' eighteenth century - that is, from the start of Peter I's reign in 1682 to the death of Alexander I in 1825.

As with any website, any contributions, comments or corrections are very welcome - please use the following link, which you will also find at the bottom of a number of pages.


2020 Meeting of the Study Group

The next UK meeting of the Study Group will take place from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January 2020 at the High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.

The format of this annual meeting allows a generous 45-50 minutes per paper, which provides an excellent opportunity for discussion and feedback from an international audience. The languages are English and Russian. Synopses of papers presented will be published in the new online version of the Group's annual Newsletter.

The cost for three days' meals and accommodation for two nights in a standard room (without en-suite bathroom) and conference fee is £155. Ensuite rooms are available for £200.

The High Leigh Conference Centre is easily reached by road (on the A10) or train from London (25 minutes from Liverpool Street Station) or from Stansted Airport. Click here for a map of the area.

Any enquiries about the Hoddesdon meeting should be directed to Paul Keenan.


Publications News: SGECR Occasional Series

The Study Group is pleased to announce a new Occasional Series, which will provide the Group with a means to publish extended pieces of scholarly research. The first publication in the new Series is Robert Dimsdale's research on inoculation during the later eighteenth century, entitled Mixed Blessing: The Impact of Suttonian Smallpox Inoculation in the later Eighteenth Century. The second is the posthumous publication of the late Lucjan Lewitter's final manuscript, entitled Eclipsis Poloniae, which examines the relationship between the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and Russia during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Both of these works can be found through the SGECR's Publications page.


New Volume of the Study Group Newsletter Now Available

The fifth volume of the new, online version of the Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia Newsletter is now available to all members through the Newsletter page. The editors would like to thank the contributors for their prompt replies and patience during the editing process.

The online newsletter provides a means to publish the synopses of papers from each year's Hoddesdon meeting and any short notes or documents that Study Group members may wish to disseminate. Longer research articles should instead be submitted to ВИВЛИОθИКА (see the journal home page or the news item below for further details).


ВИВЛИОθИКА Volume 6 (2018)

The sixth volume of the ECRSA’s new peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary, open-access journal, ВИВЛИОθИКА: E-Journal of Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies, is now available through the journal's homepage. The theme of this volume is the 'natural turn' in early modern Russian history. The volume is guest edited by Anna Graber, Clare Griffin, Rachel Koroloff, and Audra Yoder.

ВИВЛИОθИКА is devoted to the culture and history of the Russian Empire (broadly defined to include all the ethnicities, nationalities, and confessions within and around its shifting borders) during ‘the long eighteenth century’ (1660-1830). The journal is open to submissions in all relevant disciplines and in all the major languages in which eighteenth-century Russian studies is researched. It is intended to provide a forum for the promotion, dissemination and critical analysis of original scholarly research on eighteenth-century Russian studies, based on a spirit of internationalism and a belief in the principle of accessibility.

Authors interested in submitting items for inclusion in the fourth volume should consult the submission guidelines on the journal’s website. Inquiries can also be addressed to individual members of the journal’s editorial board


RIP: John 'Jay' T. Alexander (1940-2018)

I am sorry to announce the very sad news about our colleague Jay Alexander, who died in Lawrence, Kansas in December 2018. He was 78. He wrote extensively on eighteenthcentury Russia, including inmportant works on medicine and public health, the Pugachev Revolt, and the reign of Catherine II. His well-regarded and popular Catherine the Great: Life and Legend (1989) was republished several times, including a handsome edition for the Folio Society. An obituary can be found here.


Proceedings from Previous International Conferences

The proceedings of the VIII and IX International Conferences of the Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia are still available to order using the links below:

Leuven, 2014: 'A Century Mad and Wise': Russia in the Age of Enlightenment.

Leuven Conference Proceedings

Durham 2009: History and Literature in Eighteenth-Century Russia

Durham Conference Proceedings


Publication of Festschrift for Gary Marker

A festschrift in honour of Gary Marker has been published by Academic Studies Press, entitled Word and Image in Russian History: Essays in Honour of Gary Marker (Academic Studies Press, 2015). It has a very impressive line-up of contributors and I’m sure that it will be of interest to many of our members. Details can be found on our Publications page and on the publisher's website, from which it can be ordered.


Publication of Anthony Cross's Annotated Bibliography on Foreign Travellers to the Russian Empire

Professor Anthony Cross published his long-term bibliographical project, entitled In the Lands of the Romanovs: An Annotated Bibliography of First-hand English-language Accounts of the Russian Empire (1613-1917), in 2014. A print copy can be ordered now through the publisher's website Open Book Publishers. The work is also available online, either through the publisher's site or in a socially-edited version (enhanced with input from users) via Wikiversity.



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