Varia

The material here so far includes:  1.  Maps; 2. Coinage; 3. Genealogy; 4. Other, e.g.:  material not specific to Russia or Ukraine; neighbors of Rus. 5.  Bibliography and more general internet resources.

1.  Maps

The best historical maps available on-line are those from Paul Magocsi's Ukraine:  A Historical Atlas (1985).  We still need coverage for other areas such as Muscovy.

A rather nice collection of detailed older (19th c.?) maps with English captions for the Russian Empire.

A comprehensive but indiscriminate set of map links "Russia and FSU Maps."

See also maps accessible from pages on Khazaria and Belarus (below under "Other").

2.  Coinage

Gerard Anaszewicz's Early Coinage of Moscow.  Descriptive text followed by decent images of drawings of the coins (so that the inscriptions are really visible in a way that would not be the case always from photographs).  Of some value for, e.g., the question of Muscovy's position vis--vis the Mongols in the period of the decline of the Golden Horde.

3.  Genealogy

Somewhat simplified genealogical trees for 1. The Riurikids; 2. The Romanovs.

The Directory of Royal Genealogical Data includes:  1.  Grand Princes of Kiev (and their families); 2. Same, for Vladimir; 3.   Same for Tsars of Russia. The information includes parents, wives and children with their dates.

4.  Other

Extensive historical information in English, with maps and other images on Belarus.

Kevin Alan Brook's Khazaria page has a lot of good historical information, images, links, and bibliographical references.  The emphasis is on the Khazars and Judaism as well as the early history of Turkic peoples in Eastern Europe/Western Eurasia.  He links to several interesting pages relating to the area south of the forest-steppe boundary of Rus:  1.  Sergei V. Rjabchikov, "Tmutarakan', an Outlying Land"; 2.  D. Dmitrov, "History of the Proto-Bulgarians north and west of the Black Sea" (extended summary of 1987 book published in Bulgarian); 3.  O Bubenok, "The Jases and Brodniks in the Steppes of Eastern Europe".  My sense is that caution would be advised in using all three of these, although the maps and images could prove to be particularly useful.   Recent links to the site include long selections in Russian from work by M. Artamonov and A. Novosel'tsev on the Khazars, Russian texts of the "Khazar Correspondence," and an comprehensive updated bibliography of literature about the Khazars in various languages.  Books about the Khazars (including Brook's own) can be purchased via this site.

A somewhat curious take on the Viking experience, emphasizing their connection with Khazaria, is in the material on Birka.

5.  Bibliography and more general web access pages.

The Early Slavic Studies Association web site has a link to David Birnbaum's Medieval Slavic Studies page.  There one can access  materials which would be of value for graduate teaching (especially medieval texts), but so far little of value for undergraduates, a fact which reflects simply the dearth of available material.  Birnbaum also has a start on a list of "Personal Slavist Home Pages," which has the potential to be a good resource for other links and information.

Wojciech Zalewski's Russian Reference Works has scattered references to resources in English and a section devoted to "Western Language Materials on Russia."

2000 Daniel C. Waugh
Last updated April 29, 2000.