HARVARD HISTORICAL STUDIES
Cover: Reimagining Europe: Kievan Rus’ in the Medieval World, from Harvard University PressCover: Reimagining Europe in HARDCOVER

Harvard Historical Studies 177

Reimagining Europe

Kievan Rus’ in the Medieval World

Add to Cart

Product Details

HARDCOVER

$65.50 • £52.95 • €59.00

ISBN 9780674063846

Publication Date: 03/12/2012

Short

340 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

1 map, 5 genealogy charts

Harvard Historical Studies

World

Raffensperger’s insights into art and architecture, coinage, marriage contracts, the choice of saints, rulers’ names, and the contacts between churches illuminate a dark period in Rus’ian history. Had the Rus’ian church adopted Latin or Greek, had eastern horsemen not overrun the principalities, or had the events of 1054 and 1204 not happened, there would have been no question that Rus’ was a part of Europe. Raffensperger make a persuasive case that in these years, before central control from Kiev disintegrated, it was.—W.L. Urban, Choice

Boldly reconceptualizing the first centuries of Kievan Rus’, Raffensperger gives us fresh ways of envisioning royal marriages, ecclesiastical politics, cultural transfer, and the commercial commanding heights of all of post-Carolingian, pre-Gothic Europe, as Christian realms took shape in Scandinavia, most of the Slavic lands, and Hungary.—David Goldfrank, Georgetown University

Especially today, when the cultural, economic, and political boundaries of Europe are the subject of late-breaking news, Raffensperger’s book is a timely and persuasive invitation to recall a Europe that stretched from Kiev to London, and from Stockholm to Constantinople. A welcome corrective to a Cold War vision of Europe.—Daniel H. Kaiser, Grinnell College

A daring and original work of scholarship that challenges the traditional view of Kievan Rus’. Historians of both Rus’ and Western Europe have generally accepted the idea that Orthodox Rus’ was isolated from the rest of Europe in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Yet the unfortunate separation of medieval history and culture into Eastern and Western blocs has obscured the political reality of early Kiev. In a skillful and effective reinterpretation that draws upon a variety of methodologies, from numismatics and sigillography to genealogy, Raffensperger demonstrates that Rus’ was not disconnected from the West, but was instead part and parcel of a broader Europe.—David Prestel, Michigan State University

Recent News

Black lives matter. Black voices matter. A statement from HUP »

From Our Blog

Jacket: Memory Speaks: On Losing and Reclaiming Language and Self, by Julie Sedivy, from Harvard University Press

Lost in Translation: Reclaiming Lost Language

In Memory Speaks: On Losing and Reclaiming Language and Self, Julie Sedivy sets out to understand the science of language loss and the potential for renewal. Sedivy takes on the psychological and social world of multilingualism, exploring the human brain’s capacity to learn—and forget—languages at various stages of life. She argues that the struggle to remain connected to an ancestral language and culture is a site of common ground: people from all backgrounds can recognize the crucial role of language in forming a sense of self.