SREDNIE VEKA. Studies on Medieval and Early Modern History
The academic periodical edition on history of the Middle Ages and early Modern Times in Latin Europe is a publishing body of Russian professional community of medievalists. Founded in 1942 under the authority of Academy of Sciences of the USSR, it has been published annually to present day. It became a quarterly edition since 2007.
The yearbook (journal since 2007) ‘Srednie Veka’, published by Institute of History, Academy of Sciences of the USSR, later (since 1968) by Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences, first appeared in 1942, a difficult year during the war. Then, since 1952 (Vol. 4) it was published as a yearbook, with at least two books per years during the period of 1957 – 1965, and even three books in 1958 and 1959. Since 1966 till 1991 the edition was published yearly, with one book per year.
In 2007 ‘Srednie Veka’ became a journal, distributed by subscription. It has four issues per year, with total volume of 60 printer’s sheets.
At present the journal publishes original research materials of both Russian and foreign historians, concerning predominantly West European medieval and early modern history, and also articles that deal with neighbouring regions and adjoining disciplines. The journal published articles on economic, social and political history, including international politics. The subjects include studies of popular movements of different kind; history of town and its numerous institutions; history of village and peasantry, including internal life of community, peasant and seigneurial economy. There are also materials concerning history of medieval culture, both spiritual and material one. A significant place is given to the publishing of sources in Russian translation, historiographical overviews, and information about main Russian research centres dealing with the medieval history. On regular basis there are materials for those teaching in secondary schools and higher educational institutions, reviews of Russian and foreign books, bibliography of Russian editions concerning the history of Western Europe during mid-4th – mid-17th centuries.
The journal has recurring rubrics (‘Many faces of Medieval Studies’, ‘History of Russian Medieval Studies’, ‘Historian’s Workshop’, ‘Neighbouring regions and adjacent disciplines’), with articles and materials on historiography, source study, and special historical disciplines (e.g. genealogy, heraldry, numismatics, codicology, etc.), reflecting the present state of medieval studies, and also different approaches and methods applied in the research during recent years. The policy of the editorial board is to encourage the multidisciplinary research which is reflected in the topics of the published articles. A broad range of the disciplines is involved, such as history of science, law history, historical geography, archaeology of the Middle Ages, historical anthropology, etc.
The journal reflects the medieval studies of both research and educational centres in Russia, and also in neighbouring and other countries. During the whole time of its existence ‘Srednie Veka’ was and continues to be a leading edition in its research field, owing to not only its multidisciplinary character but also to the high quality of its publications. The only principle for authors’ selection is the scientific character of their submitted materials for publication. The journal publishes the articles of both recognized and young researchers. These principles are preserved intact even today when the conditions changed and became more complicated because of the development and branching of the discipline.