The article is about a new edited volume on medieval Novgorod, its history and culture, published in France. It alыo touches upon issues approached in this book.
The article shows that the model of exogenous modernization, which Russia chose after 1855, was untenable because it was based on preserving the estate system, isolating the peasantry from civil rights, and also on the anti-capitalist and anti-bourgeois sentiments of the government as a whole of society. A positive turn in the development of the country came only thanks to the reforms of S.Yu. Witte and P.A. Stolypin, deliberately held contrary to the opinion of most of the elites.
The author of the article reconsiders the political history of Galician–Volhynian Rus’ in 1240-1340 with emphasis on its relations to the Mongol Empire and the Golden Horde. He suggests new interpretations to a number of the Galician–Volhynian Chronicle’s entries and several Latin documents. A special attention is given to the controversial issues of the modern studies on the field. The author concludes that the Principality of Galicia–Volhynia under the rule of Daniel of Galicia and his descendants was subjected to the Mongols/Tatars under the same conditions as the North-Eastern Rus’ian lands.
This article analyze Vasily Maklkov and Mark Aldanov attitudes towards collaboration in France and Italy during World War II period. The article introduce Maklakov and Aldanov correspondence of 1948 on this issue.