This is the first book to undertake a comprehensive historical analysis of modern Japanese historiographical debates over the territorial delimitation between Russia and Japan, an issue that is extremely important for understanding the course and consequences of bilateral relations in the near and medium term. The author highlights and evaluates the main arguments in the Japanese historiography on the territorial demarcation issue, and carries out a comparative analysis of Japanese historians' approaches and assessments of the documented legal aspects of the Soviet-Japanese border problem.
The article is focused on the analysis of historiography of epidemics in the history of the European overseas empires. Anti-epidemic campaigns are viewed as an integral part of the medical administration of imperial territories. Changing perceptions of historians regarding the aims, content and consequences of the anti-epidemic campaigns in the colonies form the main concern of the article.
Debates on communal theory and its destiny have got an unexpected relevance in connection with the issue of medieval «communitarianism». Combining research approaches of German medievalists (P. Blickle, O.-G. Oexley) with ideas of French and Anglophone historians arguing about «feudal mutation' yields new results. The process of the transformation of settlements» structure was gradual enough, having been rooted in the Caro-lingian period and completed in the 12th-13th centuries. However, qualitative changes of the social structure of the Western society that topped this process were unquestionable. The whole expanse of medieval West was covered by a net which cells happened to encompass most of the population. Along with parishes and lordships (seigneurie), these cells also included communities. Nowadays some historians call them a «community of inhabitants» (communaute d'habitants), which can be translated as a «territorial community», as its main function was to ensure exclusive access to resources of the territory in question. Using the rule of contraries, this article presents an attempt to apply this concept to some commonalities of a definitely non-agrarian nature.