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East Central Europe, 476–1795 AD/CE

Editors: Darius von Güttner-Sporzyński Magdalena Biniaś-Szkopek Robert Tomczak Matthew Firth
Publishing Manager: Guy Carney
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ISSN 2983-9432

Method of peer review
double-blind undertaken by an external specialist (i.c. appointed by the Board)

politics, art, people, culture, economy, society, government, history, East Europe, Central Europe, 476–1795 AD/CE

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Accepts Contributions in Open Access


This series publishes interdisciplinary scholarship about history of East Central Europe. It aims to contribute to a broader understanding of the social, economic, and political culture of East Central Europe as an integral part of Europe and a significant contributor to the human story globally. By highlighting the ‘specificity’ of East Central Europe, this series promotes East Central Europe not only as a geographic or cultural concept but also as a method of historical analysis.

The series challenges the application of the concepts of periphery and frontier, and cultural transmission in medieval studies, and aims at integrating East Central European history into the study of the medieval world globally. The series also addresses the fundamental issue of the prevalent perception that the people and cultures of the European periphery were radically separate and mutually hostile. Often paradoxical connections existed between different peoples of East Central Europe over time and this series seeks to publish works which explore the questions regarding interconnection, space, and identity in the European periphery.

This series aims to demonstrate that the continued experiences of the ‘making of Europe’ imply that thinking about human existence in terms of ‘us and them’ is at once historically specific and generic and that detailed cultural histories of response to cultural transmission are needed to give account of human experience.


    Editorial Board under the auspices of Australian Catholic University and Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań

    General Editor
    Darius von Güttner-Sporzyński, Australian Catholic University

    Assistant Editors
    Magdalena Biniaś-Szkopek, Adam Mickiewicz University
    Matthew Firth, Flinders University
    Robert T. Tomczak, Adam Mickiewicz University

    Dr Janet Wade, Macquarie University, Sydney

    Editorial Board
    Daniel Bagi, University of Pécs
    Richard Butterwick-Pawlikowski, University College London
    Józef Dobosz, Adam Mickiewicz University
    Emilia Jamroziak, University of Leeds
    Adrian Jones, La Trobe University
    David Kalhous, Masaryk University
    Krzysztof Skwierczyński, University of Warsaw
    Talia Zajac, University of Manchester

    About the Board

    A/Professor Darius von Güttner-Sporzyński, FRHistS FRSA, Australian Catholic University, Canberra, is a historian of East Central Europe with a particular interest in cultural aspects of transmission of ideas and identity. His publications cover diverse aspects of history from the Middle Ages to early modern and the modern eras. His current research includes the early modern dynastic networks of power and examination of cultural, familial, religious, and political aspects of women’s rulership.

    Dr Matthew Firth, Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, lecturers in medieval history and literature. As a historian, his research explores historiography, cultural memory, and the transmission of historical narratives across the Anglo-Scandinavian world from the tenth to the thirteenth centuries. His recent scholarly contributions include a biographical study of tenth-century English queens, historiographical analyses of the Sagas of Icelanders, and investigations into the legacies of England’s tenth-century kings.

    Dr Robert Tomczak, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland, is a historian with a research interest in the transmission of ideas and intercultural education, particularly through the lens of the Grand Tour and the academic experiences of Polish students in Prague between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. His publications offer in-depth analyses of these subjects, enriching the understanding of Europe's historical educational migrations and intellectual networks.

    Professor Magdalena Biniaś-Szkopek, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland is Director, the Kórnik Library. She is a historian specialising in women history and aspects of medieval marriage. Her research encompass the political history of the twelfth century Poland and early modern cultural life of elite women. Her recent publication presented details of matrimonial disputes handled by the consistorial courts in Poland in the Middle Ages. She is the editor of the academic journal Historia Slavorum Occidentis.

    Dr Janet Wade, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, specialises in ancient maritime history, focusing on seafaring deities, rituals, and the social history of sailors and merchants from the late Hellenistic period to Early Byzantium. Her research delves into the veneration of goddesses like Isis Pelagia and Athena, and the study of ancient Roman roads and their contemporary significance. Her publications explore the intersections of maritime culture, ancient travel infrastructure, and their lasting impacts on modern landscapes and societies.


    Main Language: English

    Double-Blind undertaken by a specialist member of the Board or an external specialist

    All volumes in this series are evaluated by an Editorial Board, strictly on academic grounds, based on reports prepared by referees who have been commissioned by virtue of their specialism in the appropriate field. The Board ensures that the screening is done independently and without conflicts of interest. The definitive texts supplied by authors are also subject to review by the Board before being approved for publication

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