Library of Quaestio Rossica

Editorial Board

Vladimir Arakcheev, Dr. Hab. (History), Professor, Russian State Archive of Ancient Acts, Moscow

Konstantin Bugrov, Dr. Hab. (History), Research Fellow, Institute of History and Archaeology of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Julia Zapariy, PhD (History), Associate Professor, UrFU

Francine-Dominique Liechtenhan, Dr. Hab. (History), Professor, Paris-Sorbonne University

Dmitry Redin, Dr. Hab. (History), Professor, UrFU

Marie-Pierre Rey, Dr. Hab. (History), Professor, University Paris 1

Larisa Soboleva, Dr. Hab. (Philology), Professor, UrFU

Elena Sozina, Dr. Hab. (Philology), Professor, Institute of History and Archaeology, Institute of History and Archaeology of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Мanfred Schruba, Dr. Hab. (Philology), Professor, Ruhr University Bochum


In the series "Library of Quaestio Rossica Journal" the following monographs have already been published:


Palkin, A. S. (2016). Edinoverie from the Middle of the 18th to the Beginning of the 20th Centuries. National Context and Regional Specifics / ed. by V. I. Baidin. Ekaterinburg, Ural University Press, University Press. 338 p.

This monograph is dedicated to researching different aspects of the history of edinoverie. It reconstructs the establishment and development of edinoverie in the Russian Empire. On the basis of rich archival material, the regional variants of edinoverie are emphasised and described: the work also looks at the interrelationships between the edinovertsy, the Old Believers, the hierarchy of the official Orthodox Church, and the state. It pays particular attention to the intellectual history of edinoverie and the polemics between the edinovertsy and Old Believers. This book is aimed at specialists and all of those who are interested in edinoverie and Old Belief in Russia. 

Bugrov, K. D., Kiselev, M. A. (2016). Natural Law and Virtue. The Integration of European Influence into 18th Century Russian Political Culture. Ekaterinburg, Ural University Press, University Press. 480 p.

The monograph is a result of the research project "Return to Europe: Russian Elites and European Innovations, Norms and Models (18th – early 20th century)". The work demonstrates the process of intellectual transfer in 18th century Russia in different aspects: authors analyze the massive of published translations of Western moral and political literature, trace the implementation of Western educational practices, and demonstrate the results of adaptation of new intellectual resources on Russian soil as a conceptual lexicon. Two such glossaries are examined in the book thoroughly: those of natural law and of virtue. The appendix includes the publications of Russian translations of European political texts as well as hand-written prefaces to these translations.

Soboleva, L. S., Michailova, O. A. (2017). Russian Songs and the European Romance in a Manuscipt from the Early XIX. Emotional Culture in an Epochal Shift. Ekaterinburg, Ural University Press. 652 p.

В издании воспроизводится рукописный сборник с текстами традиционных лирических песен, авторских и анонимных романсов, созданный в начале XIX в. Публикация сопровождается научным комментарием разного характера и предназначается для исследователей, занимающихся национальной культурой и историей словесности, краеведам и всем читателям, заинтересованным в приобщении к истокам российского поэтического слова и сохранении культурного наследия. Это интересная образная иллюстрация для воспитания уважения к отечественному прошлому в самом важном – человеческом – измерении.

Sidorova, O. G. (2016). The First Russian Textbooks of the English Language. Ekaterinburg, Ural University Press. 172 p.

The book is devoted to the first Russian textbooks of English which appeared in the late XVIII – early XIX century. Reasons for their appearance, the English language and culture status in Russia, the context and conditions of modern European languages teaching are paid special attention to. Both the textbooks and the English-Russian phrasebooks that were used in practical teaching are analyzed in detail.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Safronova, A. M. (2017). Vasily Tatischev's Private Library in Ekaterinburg. Ekaterinburg, Ural University Press. 408 p.

The monograph is the first special survey devoted to the history of the formation, reconstruction and characterization of the composition of Vasily Tatishchev's personal library, which merged in 1737 into the Yekaterinburg library of the Mining Department. The Tatishchev’s Library has absorbed the best foreign publications in mathematics, physics, mining, metallurgy, chemistry, physics, astronomy, medicine, architecture, mainly in German, and studying its composition allows us to deepen our understanding of Russia's cultural ties with countries of Western Europe, first of all with Germany. These books played an important role in the formation of Tatishchev as a scientist and contributed to the education of more than one generation of the Urals.


Keller, A. V. (2016). ARTIFEX PETERSBURGENSIS. Trades in St Petersburg from the 18th to the Early 20th Centuries. St Petersburg, Aletheia. 630 p.

This book examines trades in Petersburg from socio-economic, cultural, and philosophical perspectives. Trade guilds, founded by edict in 1721-22, play an important role. Their mixed composition (Russian and foreign craftsmen) facilitated the transfer of technology and the introduction of new practices and skills. In order to define ‘crafts’, we consider related concepts, such as ‘art’, ‘science’, and ‘crafts’. In order to see the limits of the concept of the ‘trade workshop’, we deconstruct the history of terms like ‘manufactory’, ‘mill’, and ‘factory’. However, this alone would be insufficient to analyse the conditions for the creation of regular urban trades: also of considerable importance is the transfer of knowledge by means of apprenticeship, craft education, self-administration, and social protection. Here, we rethink the meaning of the capital’s trades in the context of the narodnik intellectual tradition: this can help us reconsider the role of craft production in small- and medium-sized enterprises and why they successfully evolved both in the period of manufactories and during the industrial revolution. An assessment is made about how trade practices and small-scale forms of production can be embedded in economic conceptions of the future in terms of sustainable development and green economic policies.