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13:15 - 13:55 31 January 2012
Lunch Hour Lecture: The lure of the Kremlin: the court of Ivan the Terrible and global networks in the sixteenth century
Darwin Lecture Theatre - accessed vial Malet Place |
access via Malet Place | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom
Admission: Free and open to anyone on a first-come first-served basis. Lectures are also streamed live online or can be downloaded after the event.
Dr Sergei Bogatyrev, Senior Lecturer in Early Russian History, SSEES, UCL, , Sergei Bogatyrev received his PhD from the University of Helsinki. He has worked as a lecturer in the University of Helsinki and has held research fellowships at the Slavonic Library (Helsinki), the University of Joensuu (eastern Finland) and the British Academy. He was appointed Lecturer in Early Russian History at SSEES, UCL in 2003 and Senior Lecturer in 2007. He is an associate editor of Kritika. Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, an editor-in-chief of the Brill Eurasian Studies Library and an editor of H-EarlySlavic.
In the sixteenth century, the rise of Muscovy was accompanied by military aggression and the growing influence of the Russian Orthodox Church. As a result of military conflicts and cultural differences, Westerners began to see Russia as a barbarian kingdom, whose rulers kept it locked away from the outside world. However, this lecture will demonstrate that the court of Ivan the Terrible (1530-1584) and other tsars was actually a focus point of exchange in technology, commodities and ideas with both the East and the West, and that Muscovite regalia, court rituals and illuminated manuscripts were in fact a result of intensive global interactions.
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