New Issue (1/2020) of the Ab Imperio Journal

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Dear Colleagues,

The latest issue of the Journal Ab Imperio (1/2020) is now available at

This issue begins Ab Imperio’s 2020 annual thematic program, “When Postimperial Meets Postnational: Envisioning New Forms of Groupness in Historical Perspective.” The theme of this opening issue, “‘In a Fit of Absence of Mind’: The Mechanism of Empire-Building,” offers a reflection on postimperial, postcolonial, and postnational “empire-building” as a way to problematize the complexity and interconnectedness of human societies and polities in the past and in the present.


“Methodology and Theory” section:

“The Transatlantic ‘Imperial Situation’” by Serguei Glebov and Marina Mogilner.

“From Lapwai to Leningrad: Archie Phinney, Marxism, and the Making of Indigenous Modernity” by Benjamin Balthaser.

“Archie Phinney, a Soviet Ethnographer” by Igor Kuznetsov.

“‘American Dreams’ of Early Soviet Ethnography: Some Reflections on Bogoras’s Legacy” by Dmitry V. Arzyutov.

“History” section:

 “The Role of Military Topographers in the Colonization of ‘Russian Turkestan’” by Konstantin Ivanov (in Russian).

“A Symbol of Order or a Sign of Discord? Cases of Defamation of the Portraits of the Emperor and His Family Members (On the Example of the Northwest Region)” by Jolita Mulevičiūtė (in Russian).

“Tatars and Imperialist Wars: From the Tsar’s Servitors to the Red Warriors” by Norihiro Naganawa.

“Language Education and Ethnic Resentment in Soviet Abkhazia, 1939–53” by Timothy K. Blauvelt.

“The ABCs of Social Imagination” section features several essays (in Russian) written in response to the invitation of the Ab Imperio editors to outline certain aspects of the ideal future society.

“Historiography” section:

“One of the Galician Cohort of 1919: George Luckyj’s Contribution to Ukrainian Studies in North America” by Marko Robert Stech.

“Omeljan Pritsak and the Establishment of Ukrainian Studies at Harvard: The Vision and the Actuality” by Frank Sysyn.

“Ivan Lysiak Rudnytsky: Historian, Public Figure, and Political Thinker” by Iaroslav Hrytsak.

The issue also contains an extended section of book reviews.

Ab Imperio Quarterly is an international humanities and social sciences peer-reviewed journal dedicated to studies in new imperial history and the interdisciplinary and comparative study of nationalism and nationalities in the post-Soviet space. The Journal serves as an international forum for scholars reflecting on historical and contemporary encounters with diversity in composite societies.

Ab Imperio 2020 Annual Program is available at

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