Slavonic Studies

W. F. Ryan

in A Century of British Medieval Studies

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263952
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734083 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

Slavonic Studies

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This chapter examines the history and developments in Slavonic studies in Great Britain. It explains that English awareness of Slav Europe was not great in the middle ages and that the inclusion of the medieval period of the various Slav peoples in the general history of Europe was a gradual process. It suggests that the study of Slavonic languages and literatures was not a discipline in British universities until comparatively recent times. However, a good many of the university departments of Russian or Slavonic studies which formerly existed in Great Britain, especially in the post-World War 2 period, have now been closed.

Keywords: Slavonic studies; Great Britain; Slav Europe; history of Europe; Slavonic languages; Slavonic literatures

Chapter.  8245 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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