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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 Translations, like historical documents themselves, are products of their time and of their translator.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...

The High-Point of Scandinavian Eastward Activity

The Viking Eastern Baltic

Arc Humanities Press, 2019

Book chapter

...The various Baltic peoples' mercantile connections with the east received a major boost in the second half of the ninth century, and most of the tenth century was characterized by a boom in eastern trade. It was during this period...

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...

Baltic Sea Warriors

The Viking Eastern Baltic

Arc Humanities Press, 2019

Book chapter

...The existence of the Eastern Way centuries before any Scandinavian expansion is proved by archaeological finds from Finland and Estonia that are associated with both Scandinavians and the eastern Finno-Ugric peoples. In western...

Introduction

The Viking Eastern Baltic

Arc Humanities Press, 2019

Book chapter

...Map of the historical districts of the Eastern Baltic.The very latest research shows that the Viking influence on the eastern coasts of the Baltic Sea and today's Russia was at least as significant as their westward—and much better...

End of the Viking Age

The Viking Eastern Baltic

Arc Humanities Press, 2019

Book chapter

...Several Scandinavian researchers date the end of the Viking Age to the period around 1000 when these societies had formed a state and converted to Christianity. Other researchers propose the mid-eleventh century or even later, around 1100...

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...