How to study frontiers today? Discussion on the article by D. V. Sen’

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For citation: How to study frontiers today? Discussion on the article by D. V. Sen’, in Studia Slavica et Balcanica Petropolitana. 2020. № 1. Pp. 81-105. DOI https://doi.org/10.21638/spbu19.2020.105 

Title of the article How to study frontiers today? Discussion on the article by D. V. Sen’
Authors Basalaeva, Irina Petrovna — PhD in Philosophy, Associate Professor, Novokuznetsk Branch–Institute of Kemerovo State University, Novokuznetsk, Russia, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., OrcID 0000-0001-5136-5630, ResearcherID: U-8369-2017, SPIN-code 7067-4020;
Dubman, Eduard Leybovich — Dr. Sc. in History, Professor, Samara National Research University, Samara, Russia, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., OrcID 0000-0002-3282-2661, Researcher ID B-5869-2017, SPIN-code 1895-5876;
Khodarkovsky, Michael — Professor, Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, USA, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Scopus ID 15026504700;
Milchev, Vladimir Ivanovich — Dr. Sc. in History, Professor, Zaporizhia national university, Zaporizhia, Ukraine, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., OrcID 0000-0003-4432-3322;
Mizis, Yuriy Aleksandrovich — Dr. Sc. in History, Professor, Derzhavin Tambov State University, Tambov, Russia, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., OrcID 0000-0002-4065-0767;
Sen’, Dmitriy Vladimirovich — Dr. Sc. in History, Professor, Institute of History and International Relations, Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don, Russia, e-mail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., OrcID 0000-0002-5222-4685, Scopus ID 55481074000, SPIN-code 7410-0391;
Urushadze, Amiran Tarielovich — PhD in History, Associate Professor, Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don, Russia, e-mail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., OrcID 0000-0003-4624-007X, Scopus ID 55481074000, SPIN-code 4544-9429.
In the section Disputatio / Discussion 
Year 2020 Issue  1 Pages  81-105
Type of article RAR Index UDK; BBK 93; 63.0  Index DOI  https://doi.org/10.21638/spbu19.2020.105
Abstract

This article was created with the support of the program for the development of scientific journals under state contract No. 14.597.11.0035 concluded between the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and NEICON

The article analyses contemporary Russian scholars’ usage of the frontier concept in studies devoted to borders, borderlands, contact zones, and the history of Russian development of new lands. The author highlights controversial areas in such studies, including the features of frontier territories, the typology of Russian frontiers, and the search for counterparts to the term “frontier” in the Russian language and among Russian historical and geographical names. Cases discussed include Russian scholars deny the heuristic potential of the frontier concept for Russian history. Both the rhetoric of such authors and their sometimes far-from-scholarly system of arguments are analyzed. The author considers problems and perspectives of frontier theory in comparison with a similar situation in Ukrainian and American historiography. The modern efforts of scholars from different countries to study lexical analogues of the concept of “frontiers” in order to explain the historical and cultural local specifics of various territories were analyzed. At the same time, some explorers are offering to refuse of this concept in research practices. Attention is drawn to reasons why this theory is especially actively used by representatives of various regional academic centers in Russia. The common and distinctive features of studies in the history of various Russian frontiers are characterized. The most prominent among those frontiers are the Siberian and the southern (North Caucasian) frontiers. The article points out the connection between some development trends of frontier investigations in Russia and the interest growth to regional history, the history of the Russian state expansion and the borders formation of foreign policy. The author draws attention to a new generation of studies which has developed under the influence of the frontier theory. They have significantly transformed the state of academic humanitarian community of the South of Russia, a community that is quiet conservative in relation to modern scientific concepts. Finally, perspective topics were proposed for further use of the frontier concept in research on the history of Russia.

Keywords historiography, colonization, borderlands, comparative studies, contact zones, borders, frontier, frontier theory, frontier studies
Full text version of the article. Article language  English
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