The monograph is devoted to peculiarities of political imagination in medieval Europe: the formation, development and disintegration of symbolic images, through which it was customary to describe and publicly demonstrate, reinforce or reinstall relationships between the ruling elite and the majority under its control. The work is written on the basis of a wide range of both already known and previously unpublished sources from a number of European countries. The book adresses historians, art historians, ethnologists, political scientists, as well as all who are interested in the Middle Ages.
The first full academic publication of a unique source on the history of WWII in terms of its chronoloy, volume, and openness - a diary of a sergeant and then lieutenant Vladimir Gelfand (1941-1946). The diary contains unvarnished details on the everyday life, conditions, and norms at the frontline. Of particular interest are the author's entries during his service in Germany in 1945-46 on the German culture, everyday life, relations with women. The publication is accompanied by an Introduction and detailed academic commentary.