Review on: Averil Cameron, ‘Byzantine Matters’. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2014.
Until a method is found in Russia for generating a non-Soviet (different from the restoration of the pre-Soviet) central system of values, democratic institutions and practices will remain weak. Moreover, the vectors of movement for post-Soviet polities, which twenty years ago were labeled as a “democratic transition” in a burst of overly audacious hope, will remain forking paths.
This is a collection of essays dedicated to Prof. Helmut Keipert, a famous German slavist, professor emeritus of the University of Bonn; the articles were written on the occasion of his seventieth birthday. The general object of study of the international body of scholars is the history of Slavonic literary languages and Slavonic literary texts. This particular volume unites articles on language contacts and interconnection between Slavonic and non-Slavonic literary traditions.
The article concerns the problem of the Russian absolutist monarchy of the XVIII - the beginning of XX-th centuries in a comparative perspective. The social function of absolutism consisted in national integration, cultural unification and social transformation of traditional society by using of legal and coercive measures. The crucial problem is the changing role of the bureaucracy which could be the main protagonist of reforms or, just the opposite – its main opponent. From this point of view the author summarizes positive and negative aspects of absolutist reforms making outlook on the comparative experience of other absolutist empires of Europe and Asia.
This is the original publication of the Greek text of the Vita of Basil the Younger from the Athos manuscript of Dionysiou monastery of 1328 "en regard" with the Old Russian text of the oldest Slavic translation from the manuscript in Egorov collection (Moscow0? together with the ampe introduction and commentaries, pertaining both to the realm of Old Russian language and Byzantine history.
The article is dedicated to the history and typology of one of the Byzantine liturgical books.