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The 2021 Marc Raeff Book Prize

Winner: Andrey V. Ivanov, A Spiritual Revolution: The Impact of Reformation and Enlightenment in Orthodox Russia, 1700–1825 (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2020).
In this beautifully written monograph, Ivanov disrupts prevailing narratives about the isolation and stasis of the Russian Orthodox Church in the eighteenth century, demonstrating its intense and conscious engagement with Reformation and Enlightenment ideas. The study is positioned as continuing the unfinished line of inquiry opened by Georges Florovsky, who, as Ivanov notes, “described the eighteenth century as the age of Russia’s symbiotically theological conversation with European Protestantism.” Supported by extensive research, including archival work in Italy, Germany, Austria, the Vatican, Ukraine, and Russia, Ivanov vividly presents the personalities and debates within eighteenth-century Russian Orthodoxy. Readers will gain appreciation for the dynamism and daring of many clergymen during the reign of Catherine II, the complexity and nuance of theological discussions, and the subsequent end to their Western-oriented reforms with the ascent of Nicholas I. Meticulously researched and engagingly narrated, Ivanov’s A Spiritual Revolution fundamentally changes what we think we know about Russian Orthodoxy in the eighteenth and early nineteenth century.

Prizes will be awarded at the meeting of the Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies Association at the ASEEES conference virtually on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 1-2:30 pm.

The five finalists (in alphabetic order):

Ivanov, Andrey V. A Spiritual Revolution: The Impact of Reformation and Enlightenment in Orthodox Russia, 1700–1825. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2020.

Kivelson, Valerie and Christine D. Worobec, eds. Witchcraft in Russia and Ukraine, 1000–1900: A Sourcebook. Ithaca: Northern Illinois University Press (an imprint of Cornell University Press), 2020.

Kizenko, Nadieszda. Good for the Souls: A History of Confession in the Russian Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 2021.

Ross, Danielle. Tatar Empire: Kazan’s Muslims and the Making of Imperial Russia. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2020.

Steller, Georg Wilhelm. Eastbound through Siberia: Observations from the Great Northern Expedition. Transl. and ed. Margritt A. Engel and Karen. E. Wilmore. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2020.

ВИВЛIОθИКА: E-Journal of Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies

ВИВЛIОθИКА: E-Journal of Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies (ISSN: 2333-1658)—the flagship journal of the Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies Association—is a peer-reviewed, scholarly, online publication devoted to the culture and history of the Russian Empire during ‘the long eighteenth century’ (1660-1830). We define ‘Russian’ broadly, meaning more-or-less the Russian Еmpire, inclusive of non-Russian ethnicities, nationalities, and confessions. 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 forthcoming volumes should consult the the submission guidelines on the journal’s website. Inquiries can also be addressed to individual members of the journal’s editorial board.

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ВИВЛIОθИКА Editorial Board

Ernest Zitser, Duke University (USA):
Robert Collis, The University of Helsinki (Finland):
Olga Tsapina, The Huntington Library (USA):
Gary Marker, State University of New York at Stony Brook (USA):
Elena Smilianskaia, National Research University-Higher School of Economics (Russian Federation):
Igor Fedyukin, National Research University-Higher School of Economics (Russian Federation):
Vladislav Rjéoutski, The University of Bristol (United Kingdom):
Ingrid Schierle, The University of Tübingen, (Germany):