Editor Stepping Down

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Dear Colleagues,

Having held this post since 2015, I have decided it is now time to step down and focus my attention and time elsewhere (not least - on my duties at my new post at Nazarbayev University). I will leave H-EarlySlavic as editor at the end of April, which gives 6 weeks for a replacement to make themselves known. I hope that this will be a smooth transition to a new editor who can bring a fresh perspective to the network. There will shortly be a message sent out containing information for anyone interested in becoming editor (or, any group of people who wish to become co-editors).

Best Wishes,


Dear H-Early Slavic Subscribers, 

Let me thank Dr. Clare Griffin for her service as the Editor of this network and offer my assistance to any scholars interested in helping to run H-Early Slavic moving forward. I am H-Net's Vice-President for Networks, an elected, volunteer position that focuses on providing advice and support to fellow Editors. I wanted to briefly comment on Clare's post to list a few reasons to consider volunteering.

Flexibility: An H-Net group like H-Early Slavic can be scaled up or down in terms of the scope of its activities to best fit with the needs of its field of study. 

Best Practices: H-Net is committed to supporting editorial best practices. It's why we rely on trained academic editors to moderate and safeguard the content of individual groups like H-Early Slavic. 

Collaboration: If so desired, volunteering with an H-Net group can be an excellent chance to work within a strong and active editorial team. 

Support: H-Net has a Home Office at Michigan State University staffed by trained historians, an online training program, a Help Desk, and a separate space where its Editors can discuss questions and concerns relating to academic best practices and project development. H-Net also has a system for supporting book reviews, circulating information about new books, and more. 

Content Preservation: H-Net is committed to the long-term preservation of the academic content that circulates over its various groups. You don't have to worry about your work with H-Net disappearing into the ether. 

Visibility: H-Net's online content is available online for free and uses an email notification system to deliver academic content directly to subscribers. 

Non-Profit: H-Net is a non-profit organization run by academics and built around an extensive community of volunteers. We have over 1,000 volunteer academic Editors sustaining our various Networks. 

Engagement: Above all else, H-Net groups provide an excellent opportunity to engage with, support, and develop your field of study. There are over 180 H-Net groups whose activities include circulating CFPs, helping panel organizers, publishing blog posts, assembling time lines, fielding queries, interviewing scholars, tracking new publications, publishing book reviews, and more. 

Please let me know if I can help answer any questions you have or otherwise help you think about the possibilities! 

Best wishes, 

David Prior
Vice President for Networks, H-Net
Assistant Professor of History, UNM

Dear Colleagues,

It is with genuine regret, but also enormous gratitude, that I acknowledge Clare's decision to step down as editor of H-Early Slavic, a post she had held for years and has performed marvelously. Before anything else, I wish to thank her for her contributions to the vitality of our field, and I encourage us all to send her our thanks in one way or another, probably best by private email (or card, letter, or check!).

Alas, this means we need to find a replacement, and I hope that some of our tech-savvy colleagues will volunteer. Clare will be an important resource for her replacement for a time, and we all can help guide and assist the new editor moving forward. Please do contact me or David Prior with any questions you might have, if you're considering volunteering.

And please consider volunteering.

One of the most effective means we have to stay linked to and informed about our field is H-Early Slavic. It's a near daily interface with our colleagues around the world. It's an essential connection we all have used and to which many of us have contributed. I look forward to seeing it continue, building on the good work that has been done over the years by Clare and all our emeriti editors past.

With collegial regards,
Russell Martin
President, ESSA
Professor of History
Westminster College
New Wilmington, PA

Dear Colleagues,

It is the end of April, and so the end of my tenure here at H-EarlySlavic. I would like to thank those of you who took the time to express your appreciation of my editorship, your kind words are much appreciated.

I believe there is a new editorial team who will shortly be taking over. The new team, like all H-Net editors, are unpaid volunteers who take on these roles because they believe this is a worthwhile endeavour, and make time for H-Net between the various other duties and activities of their lives. I hope the H-EarlySlavic community will give a warm welcome to the new editors, and value their contribution to facilitating our academic interactions.

Warm Wishes to All,


Dr Clare Griffin
Assistant Professor for the History of Science and Technology
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Nazarbayev University
Republic of Kazakhstan

Office 8.402


Dear All, 

Allow me to again thank Clare for her service on behalf of this intellectual community, and to let subscribers know that we do have two new volunteer editors who are in training and will be taking over the editorial work in the coming weeks. You may see a little pause in activity while that happens, but rest assured, we'll be back up and running in no time. 

Kind Regards, 

David Prior
Vice President for Networks, H-Net
Assistant Professor of History, UNM