- Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. Harvard University, 1972
Although retired from active teaching in History (and JSIS and Slavic, my other two departments) since 2006, I am still actively involved in research, writing and lecturing on both pre-modern Russia (my original research field) and on Central Asia, especially the historic Silk Roads.
Of my publications on pre-modern Russia, I would single out a monograph in Russian: The History of a Book: Viatka and ‘Non-Modernity’ in Russian Culture in the Era of Peter the Great (St. Petersburg, 2003), which uses a micro-historical approach to raise larger questions about the supposed “modernization” of Russia in the late 17th and early 18th centuries and the place of provincial culture and history writing in the generally better known histories of cultural change in that period. The book benefits from my particular interests in textual criticism and codicological study of early Russian manuscripts. I continue to work on a book (co-authored with a Slavic linguist at Uppsala University in Sweden, Ingrid Maier) on Russian acquisition of foreign news in the 17th century, a project that to date has produced several articles..
My Central Asia interests are broad, ranging from the historic Silk Roads (about which I taught at UW for many years) and archaeology in Mongolia to the history of the “Great Game” rivalries of the 19th and early 20th centuries and civil society issues today. I continue to edit and write extensively for The Silk Road (the annual of the Silkroad Foundation), give frequent public presentations on the subject (a number of them for the Seattle Asian Art Museum), and plan eventually to finish a book of essays on Eurasian exchange. Several of my articles from the journal have appeared in Chinese translation; I am translating Russian archaeological reports into English for publication in a series on Asian archaeology at the University of Bonn in Germany. A Mellon Emeritus Fellowship in 2010 supported study/travel at Silk Road sites in the Middle East (Iran, Syria, Jordan, Turkey), supplementing my extensive travel, study and excavation in China, Central Asia and Mongolia. On recent trips to the United Kingdom, I lectured at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Aberdeen and Durham, and at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Part of my Silk Road-related activity involves contributing to the teaching of world history and to educational websites, especially “Silk Road Seattle” <http://depts.washington.edu/silkroad/>, whose resources are widely used in classrooms around the world. My photographs have illustrated a wide range of publications.
My third ongoing book project is to edit a collection of the writings of C. P. Skrine, who was British Consul in Kashgar (Xinjiang, China) in 1922-1924 and left behind an extensive collection of letters, descriptive material and photographs.
"Religion and Regional Identites: the Case of Viatka and the Miracle-Working Icon of St. Nicholas Velikoretskii," forthcoming in Forschungen zur osteuropäischen Geschichte, 2004.
"The Physical and Human Geography of Inner Asia in the Early 1920s Through the Eyes and Lens of C. P. Skrine," forthcoming in Toronto Studies in Central and Inner Asia, Vol. 6 (2004).
"The Authoritarian Politics of Central Asia," in Donald Bragaw and Linda Arkin, eds., The Democratic Process: Promises and Challenges: A resource guide produced for the Democracy Education Exchange Project (DEEP) (The American Forum for Global Education, 2003), pp. 37-53.
Vagabond Life: The Caucasus Writings of George Kennan. (Contributor; co-editor), Ed. with Intr. and Afterword by Frith Maier, with contributions by Daniel C. Waugh (Seattle, University of Washington Press, 2003), 266 pp.
Istoriia odnoi knigi: Viatka i "ne-sovremennost'" russkoi kul'tury v epokhu Petra Velikogo (The History of a Book: Viatka and the Non-Modernity of Russian Culture in the Age of Peter the Great) (St. Petersburg: Izdatel'stvo "Dmitrii Bulanin," 2003), 395 pp.
"We Have Never Been Modern: Approaches to the Study of Russia in the Age of Peter the Great,"Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas, N.F., Bd. 49, H. 3 (2001), Ss.321-345.
Civil Society in Central Asia (co-editor with M. Holt Ruffin), (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999). 331 pp.
"Novoe o 'Povesti o strane Viatskoi'" (New Material Concerning the "Tale about the Viatka Land"), inEvropeiskii Sever v kul'turno-istoricheskom protsesse (K 625-letiiu goroda Kirova), ed. V. V. Nizov (Kirov, 1999), pp. 350-380.
"The 'Mysterious and Terrible Karatash Gorges': Notes and Documents on the Explorations by Stein and Skrine," The Geographical Journal, Vol. 165, No. 3 (1999), pp. 306-320
"K izucheniiu fal'sifikatsii pis'mennykh istochnikov po istorii srednevekovoi Rossii," (Toward the Study of the Falsification of Written Sources for the History of Medieval Russia), Russian History, Vol. 25, Nos 1-2 (1998)
"Exploring the 'Kongur Alps'. Unknown Side of Mustagh Ata," The Himalayan Journal, Vol 54 (1998), pp. 25-32, plus 4 photographs.
"K izucheniiu fal'sifikatsii pis'mennykh istochnikov po istorii srednevekovoi Rossii," Svornik statei, posviashchennykh semidesiatipiatiletiiu so dnia rozhdeniia A. A. Zimina. Moscow, 1997.
"K izucheniiu viatskogo letopisaniia." Pamiati la. S. Lur'e. Sbornik statei i publikatsii. St Petersburg, 1997.
"Anatolii's Miscellany: It's Origins and Migration." Harvard Ukrainian Studies XIX (1995).
"The Unsolved Problem of Tsar Ivan IV's Library." Russian History 14/1-4 (1987): 395-408.
"The Library of Aleskei Mikhailovich." Forschungen zur osteuropaischen Geschishte Bd. 38 (1986): 299-324.
Essays in Honor of A. A. Zimin. Editor and contributor. Columbus, Ohio, 1985.
"Ioannikii Galiatovs'kyi's Polemics against Islam and their Muscovite Translations." Harvard Ukrainian Studies III/IV (1980): 908-19.
"News of the False Messiah: Reports on Shabbetai Zevi in Ukraine and Muscovy." Jewish Social Studies XLI 3/4 (1979): 301-22.
"Two Unpublished Muscovite Chronicles." Oxford Slavonic Papers, N.S., XII (1979): 1-31.
The Great Turkes Defianes: On the History of the Apocryphal Correspondence of the Ottoman Sultan in its Muscovite and Russian Variants. With a foreword by Academician Dmitrii Sergeevich Likhachev. Columbus, Ohio: 1978.
"Azbuka znakami lits: Egyptian Hieroglyphs in the Privy Chancellery Archive." Oxford Slavonic Papers, N.S., X (1977): 46-50.
Slavianskie rukopisi Sobraniia grafa F. A. Tolstogo: Materialy k istorii sobraniia i ukazateli nyneshnikh i prezhnikh shifrov. Zug: Switzerland, 1977; second edition, Leningrad, 1981.
"K izucheniiu istorii rukopisnogo sobraniia P. M. Stroeva." Trudy Otdela drevnerusskoi literatury. Instituta russkoi literatury Akademii nauk SSSR XXX (1976): 184-203; XXXII (1977): 133-64.
"Neizvestnyi pamiatnik drevnerusskoi literatury: 'Gramota gosudaria tsaria i velikogo kniazia Ivana Vasil'evicha vsea Rusii k Stepanu, koroliu pol'skomu.'" Arkheograficheskii ezhegodnik za 1971 god (1972): 357-61.