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The Historiography of the Translation of Kniaz’

Christian Raffensperger

Christian Raffensperger is Associate Professor of History at Wittenberg University, Associate at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, and Director of the Premodern and Ancient World Studies Program. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Kingdom of Rus’

Arc Humanities Press, 2017

Book chapter

...The current translation of kniaz’ into English as “prince” or “duke” did not arise in a vacuum. Translations, like historical documents themselves, are products of their time and of their translator. As we delve into the issue...

Medieval Titulature and Rus’

Christian Raffensperger

Christian Raffensperger is Associate Professor of History at Wittenberg University, Associate at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, and Director of the Premodern and Ancient World Studies Program. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Kingdom of Rus’

Arc Humanities Press, 2017

Book chapter

...Rus’ was, in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, part and parcel of the larger medieval European world. Conceptualizing it this way is an asset when attempting to comprehend the nature of a kniaz’. A comparison can then be made of medieval...

What Was a Kniaz’?

Christian Raffensperger

Christian Raffensperger is Associate Professor of History at Wittenberg University, Associate at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, and Director of the Premodern and Ancient World Studies Program. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Kingdom of Rus’

Arc Humanities Press, 2017

Book chapter

...The title left unexamined in the preceding chapter is the one to which the bulk of this book is devoted and that is the Slavic title “kniaz’” (князь). The basic functions of the kniazia in Rus’ (ruler, military leader, lawgiver, and tax...

Introduction: The Problem with Names

Christian Raffensperger

Christian Raffensperger is Associate Professor of History at Wittenberg University, Associate at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, and Director of the Premodern and Ancient World Studies Program. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Kingdom of Rus’

Arc Humanities Press, 2017

Book chapter

...For better or for worse, names define concepts, ideas, people, and entities of all sorts. Whether the issue is the title of a medieval ruler or Pluto’s designation as a planet, names once given become enshrined in the imagination and become...

The Place of Rus’ in Europe

Christian Raffensperger

Christian Raffensperger is Associate Professor of History at Wittenberg University, Associate at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, and Director of the Premodern and Ancient World Studies Program. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Kingdom of Rus’

Arc Humanities Press, 2017

Book chapter

...Europe is a place. It is a continent, though with only imprecise divisions from Asia, and one that schoolchildren are required to learn about as part of elementary geography lessons. Europe is also an idea. This can be seen most clearly...

The Social-Political Roles of the Princess in Kyivan Rus’, CA. 945–1240

Talia Zajac

Talia Zajac is currently the Eugene and Daymel Shklar Research Fellow at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. She holds a PhD from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto (2017) and has previously served as a course instructor at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). Her research, which focuses on the political activities and religious-cultural patronage of Latin Christian brides who came to Rus’, and vice versa, Rus’-born consorts of western medieval rulers has appeared in the Royal Studies Journal (2016) and the Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Congress of Medieval Canon Law (Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 2016). In addition, a chapter on the circulation of material objects by Rus’ princesses in Western Europe is forthcoming in the volume Moving Women, Moving Objects (400–1500). Maps, Spaces, Cultures, eds. Tracy Chapman Hamilton and Mariah Proctor-Tiffany (Brill, 2018). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Companion to Global Queenship

Arc Humanities Press, 2018

Book chapter

...I wish to thank the following scholars for their comments and reading suggestions: Alexandr Musin, Elena Woodacre, Volodymyr Mezentsev, Ksenya Kiebuzinski, Miriam Shadis, Lucy Pick, Theresa Earenfight, Alexandra Vukovich, Victor Ostapchuk...

Titles for Other Medieval Rulers in Rusian Sources

Christian Raffensperger

Christian Raffensperger is Associate Professor of History at Wittenberg University, Associate at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, and Director of the Premodern and Ancient World Studies Program. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Kingdom of Rus’

Arc Humanities Press, 2017

Book chapter

...The Rusian sources are not particularly forthcoming when it comes to other medieval groups. The PVL tends to focus almost solely on the affairs of the Volodimerovichi, and thus titulature from throughout Europe does not make many...