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Department Head Alexander Semyonov
Academic Supervisor Evgeniy Anisimov
Ecosystem Services in Floodplains

Dadykina M., Kraikovski A., Buonora P. et al.

Padova: Padova University Press, 2019.

Reflections on the medieval and early modern insular identities
In press

Levin F., Федоров С. Е.

Vestnik Sankt-Peterburgskogo Universiteta, Istoriya. 2020. Vol. 65. No. 4. P. 1-22.

Book chapter
Climate Change from the Arctic People’s Point of View: Rhythms of Everyday Life, Infrastructures and Landscapes

Rakhmanova Lidia, Kolesnichenko L., Kirpotin S. et al.

In bk.: The Arctic: Current Issues and Challenges. Iss. Arctic region and antarctica issues and research. NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2020. Ch. 2. P. 15-55.

Round Table 'The Fall of the Berlin Wall: Past, Present, Future'

On the 6th of November a round table ‘The Fall of the Berlin Wall: Past, Present, Future’, took place to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall. Professor Alexander Semenov, Director of the History department at HSE St Petersburg and assistant at the Laboratory for Historical Research, Yana Kitaeva presented a paper on ‘The Question of German Reunification in Teymuraz Stepanov-Mamaladze’s Diaries’.

The round table ‘The Fall of the Berlin Wall: Past, Present and Future’ was organised with support from the Yeltsin Fund,  the Yeltsin Presidential Centre, and the Russian representative office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (Germany).
 The lecture was based on a research project with an analytical approach into the diaries of Teymuraz Stepanov-Mamaladze which previously were thought to have been lost. Stepanov-Mamaladze was personal assistant and speechwriter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR at the time, Eduard Shevardnadze.
This unique source provides an opportunity to take a fresh look at the history of German reunification. Stepanov-Mamaladze was not a typical employee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and he observed the whole transformation of the changing foreign policy of perestroika like an anthropologist in the field.
Stepanov-Mamaladze writes about all the stages of the ‘peaceful revolution’ in the GDR: the fall of the Wall, the ‘4 + 2’ negotiations to decide on the military and political status of a new united Germany. A new united Europe was taking shape before his very eyes while the symbol of the soviet victory over fascism in WWII came crashing down.