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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.

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

Global History of Trade in the 19th Century

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
Department of History
Elective course
3 year, 3 module


Turbin, Aleksandr

Turbin, Aleksandr

Course Syllabus


Title: The history of trade in the XIX century North Pacific: studying global transformations through the lens of the local. Description: The 19th century was the era of unprecedented economic growth and social change which led to the meteoric rise of European empires. While conventional economic histories of the 19th century suggest that the European experience is definitive for the long 19th century, this course invites students to consider an alternative approach. It invites students to look at key events and processes that affected world commerce in the 19th century from the alternative locality – the understudied, yet vibrant North Pacific region, to study its ethnic, social, and cultural specificity, and simultaneous interconnectedness with the rest of the world. Being at first glance an outskirt of the world in the 19th century, the region occupied minds of many contemporaries from all over the world who envisioned the future in connection with the real and imagined riches of the region. Moreover, it was not an empty place but a region with distinct local dynamics, intertwined economic connections, and sophisticated trade networks that scattered over vast distances linking Japan, Korea, British Columbia, Pacific Russia, and America with the rest of the world. Considering trade not only as an economic but as a complex social and cultural phenomenon, we will trace how the region was conceived by various actors, from indigenous native peoples and adventurers to policy makers and belletrists, in order to understand the unique input of the North Pacific region into the shared experience of the global 19th century.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The aim of this course is to familiarize with current historical writings on the 19th century North Pacific. The idea is to study “the long 19th century” from an unconventional locality in order to get an alternative glance on the key events and processes of the period under scrutiny. The aim of the course in the field of theory is to follow the epistemic shifts by looking at the historiography of the North Pacific, from the classical works to the newest ones.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • The student is able to design one's own research project and contextualize it in both local and global perspectives.
  • The student is acquainted with the contemporary historiography on the history of trade in the XIX century in the North Pacific and can trace its genealogy and methodological basis.
  • The student understands and can describe the relation between classical historiography on the history of trade in the XIX century, knows its main findings and limitations.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Classical approaches to the "long XIX century".
  • Studying global transformations through the lens of the local.
  • The contemporary history of trade in the XIX century North Pacific
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Seminar participation
  • non-blocking Final paper
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 3rd module
    0.4 * Final paper + 0.6 * Seminar participation


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Bassin, M. (1999). Imperial Visions : Nationalist Imagination and Geographical Expansion in the Russian Far East, 1840–1865. Cambridge University Press.
  • Conrad, S. (2016). What Is Global History? Princeton: Princeton University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1090930
  • Grüner, F. (2011). In the Streets and Bazaars of Harbin: Marketers, Small Traders, and Peddlers in a Changing Multicultural City. Itinerario, 35(3), 37–72. https://doi.org/10.1017/S016511531200006X
  • Ilya Vinkovetsky. (2011). Russian America : An Overseas Colony of a Continental Empire, 1804-1867. Oxford University Press.
  • Osterhammel, J. (2011). World History.
  • TRENTMANN, F. (2020). Consuming at a Distance. New Republic, 251(9), 30–39.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Armstrong, J. (1994). Coastal Shipping: The Neglected Sector of Nineteenth-Century British Transport History. International Journal of Maritime History, 6(1), 175–188. https://doi.org/10.1177/084387149400600109
  • Bassin, M. (2012). Russian Orientalism: Asia in the Russian Mind from Peter the Great to the Emigration. Journal of Modern History, 84(1), 270–272. https://doi.org/10.1086/663173
  • Hämäläinen, P., & William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies. (2008). The Comanche Empire. Yale University Press.
  • Ivan Sablin. (2017). Towards the First Far Eastern Republic: Regionalism, Socialism, and Nationalism in Pacific Russia, 1905–1918. HSE Working Papers.
  • Lee, E. (2003). At America’s Gates : Chinese Immigration During the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943. The University of North Carolina Press.
  • Osterhammel, J. (2014). The Imperial Viceroy : Reflections on an Historical Type. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004272095_003
  • Osterhammel, J. R. (2011). Asian Empire and British Knowledge. China and the Networks of British Imperial Expansion [Rezension].
  • Phipps, C. L. (2020). Empires on the Waterfront: Japan’s Ports and Power, 1858–1899. Brill.
  • Stolberg, E. (2004). The Siberian frontier between “White Mission” and “Yellow Peril,” 1890s-1920s. Nationalities Papers, 32(1), 165–181. https://doi.org/10.1080/0090599042000186142
  • Sunderland, W., Schrader, A. M., & Breyfogle, N. B. (2007). Peopling the Russian Periphery : Borderland Colonization in Eurasian History. Routledge.