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190068 Saint Petersburg
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Phone:+7 (812)786-92-49 

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Department Head Adrian A. Selin
Academic Supervisor Evgeniy Anisimov
Remembering the Neoliberal Turn: Economic Change and Collective Memory in Eastern Europe after 1989

Gökarıksel S., Gontarska O., Hilmar T. et al.

L.: Routledge, 2023.

Сholera Riots in Staraia Russa in 1831. People and the Authorities: Actions, Motives, Concerns
In press

Belan M.

Slavonic and East European Review. 2024. Vol. 102. No. 2.

Book chapter
The Stolbovo Treaty and Tracing the Border in Ingria in 1617–1618

Adrian Selin.

In bk.: Sweden, Russia, and the 1617 Peace of Stolbovo. Vol. 14. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2024. P. 99-118.

Working paper
The Image of the Past in Ciro Spontone’s ‘Historia Della Transilvania’

Khvalkov E., Levin F., Кузнецова А. Д.

Working Papers of Humanities. WP. Издательский дом НИУ ВШЭ, 2021

History of Historical Science

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits

Автор программы

Khvalkov, Evgeny

Khvalkov, Evgeny
Delivered by:
Department of History
Compulsory course
1 year, 1, 2 module

Course Syllabus


The course examines the historical development of approaches, methodology and conceptual apparatus, with which historians have worked with sources to explain past phenomena and processes. The first part of the course deals with developments of history as an art of narrative and a social discipline from ArsHistorica of Renaissance through conjectural history of the Age of Enlightenment, from professionalization in the XIX c. to the main ideological and methodological currents of the first part of the XX c. The main focus of this part will be to figure out what narrative, conceptual, and explanatory devices historians used in order to make sense of the past epochs and events. The second part of the course examines major shifts in historical science in the second half of the XX century. We will discuss thoughts from leading scholars in the field. Due to the length of the course we will not cover all the turns and changes, needless to say it will be too complicated. But we will examine a few key works and ideas that changed the way historians approach the past.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Distinguish between different perspectives by drawing on their knowledge of the discipline
  • Practice a range of research skills and scientific methods for studying history
  • Demonstrate a wide range of generic skills, including skills in communication, information processing, teamwork, critical and creative thinking, computing independent learning
  • Distinguish between different perspectives by drawing on their knowledge of the discipline Take a creative approach to using new and existing technologies for educational purposes
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Is able to reflex (evaluate and rework) the learned scientific and activity methods
  • Is able to create new theories, invent new ways and tools of professional activity
  • Masters new research methods independently , changes the scientific and production profile of his/her activities
  • Is able to improve and develop his intellectual and cultural level, to build a trajectory of professional development and career
  • Able to work with information: identify, evaluate and use information from a variety of sources for scientific and professional purposes (including with a systematic approach)
  • Is able to analyze historical sources, scientific texts and reports, to review scientific literature in Russian and foreign languages
  • Is able to solve problems in the professional environment on the basis of analysis and synthesis
  • Is able to analyze and propose scientific interpretation of historical events in their interrelation in accordance with the requirements of modern historical science
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Before “Scientific” History
  • Romanticism, Historicism, and Professionalization of History
  • Ideology in a Historical Narrative and Early Forms of Cultural History
  • Challenges of the XXth Century. Annales’ School and Western Marxism
  • Post-structuralism. Linguistic Turn
  • The Evolution of Social History
  • Spatial turn. Space and time
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Class participation
  • non-blocking activity at seminars
  • non-blocking class presentations in groups
    Class presentation means working in smaller groups and preparing oral presentations on the themes given by the instructor
  • non-blocking Written Exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.1 * Class participation + 0.3 * class presentations in groups + 0.1 * activity at seminars + 0.5 * Written Exam


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Duara, P. (2014). A Companion to Global Historical Thought. [N.p.]: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=691291

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Carlyle, T. (2016). Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History. Dinslaken: anboco. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1351103